China's Environment and China's Environment Journalists: A by Hugo de Burgh

By Hugo de Burgh

Environmental concerns are of becoming obstacle in China, with quite a few projects geared toward encouraging discussion and extending information. And key to those tasks is the environmental journalist. the 1st English-language examine of this burgeoning box, this booklet investigates chinese language environmental journalists—their methodologies, their attitudes towards the surroundings, and their perspectives at the importance in their work—and concludes that almost all reply enthusiastically to govt promptings to document at the setting and weather switch. extra chapters exhibit newshounds’ influence in assisting to form governmental selection making.

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You ask me who leads this process [of opening up the environment as a major topic for reporting]. Some issues are broached by the media and only thereafter do they get the public to pay attention or the leadership to attach importance to it. Once senior people have made their comments, then a wave of activity is stimulated by those same comments, and thereafter things start to slow down a bit. For example, the 1995 issue of the management of the Huai River came about, because a particular CCTV reporter called Li Feng did a story on the Huai 51 China’s Environment and China’s Environment Journalists: A Study River pollution which was broadcast.

Investment is intimately connected with environment issues. The State Office for Statistics publishes the capital allocation for each area, so I take myself off to an area in which the investment is particularly high, and ask why. [R3] 5. When we went to Gansu they didn’t present us with the true situation but with some well-prepared falsehoods. We used a lot of discretion; I’d studied chemistry, so we rushed [the samples] to the city and filtered the fakes. To undertake this kind of activity you need experience.

The mobilisation of such a mass campaign, and its extent, would have been unimaginable without this new technology a few years earlier. Now, because of text messaging and the Internet, there is no need for leadership and no need for a physical space where people can discuss or persuade or organise, and on the Internet they can cross barriers of class. All they have to do to amass several thousand people for a demonstration is to send messages that say, ‘Let’s go for a stroll on a certain day at a certain time’, explaining why it is so vital for people to protest, showing a Google map and a video on YouTube, spreading the news with an RSS reader (which is difficult to filter) and setting up blogs to publicise the event.

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