China eases media restrictions

As promised, post-Olympic China has eased its restrictions on foreign media, allowing them to travel freely across the country and speak to whomever they wish (previously, they needed permission to do either.) Edicts from Beijing, however, aren’t always respected or enforced in the provinces.

Associated Press, October 17, 2008


MSM/NM continue to struggle for accommodation over Olympics, Edwards

The tape delay by NBC of the Olympic opening, together with the reluctance of MSM to pick up the National Enquirer story on John Edwards has generated the usual NM versus MSM hype. A more thoughtful column by David Carr of the New York Times points out that some afterthought to both events show that consumers of news are actually far ahead of the theorists of news in how they use both to get what they want, without picking one over the other.

New York Times, August 11 2008

China continues to renegue on Olympics media coverage

So, now the IOC has agreed to let China block out contentious websites like Amnesty International. Of course, a week before the games, it’s doubtful IOC will actually do anything at this late date, which the Chinese authorities have quite figured out.

CTV, July 30 2008

Beijing Olympics to be subject of major new media analysis

NBC spent $900 million on broadcast rights for Beijing, but its more than just its MSM television network that will provide coverage. Platforms include multiple television channels, the net, cell phones and cable video-on-demand. An in-depth article in Saturday’s Globe looks at this from the research point of view: for the first time, NBC has hired five different research firms to tell them who is watching what of the Beijing Olympics, on what technology. This is hoped to provide NBC with some solid evidence going forward for what, for example, really works well as video on demand versus what works best for its main channel.

Globe and Mail July 27 2008

China promises unlimited, but limited, media access for Olympics

AP reports that Chinese officials are promising foreign media unlimited access during the Olympics, except for Tibet, and access to Tianamen Square is still uncertain. It still will be interesting if this high-level “guarantee” will be respected by officials on the ground.

Associated Press, July 17 2008

Human rights org. itemizes China’s crackdown on media

Human Rights Watch details many instances of Chinese authorities harassing, beating, detaining, following and otherwise refusing to live up to its Olympic commitment of a free press prior, during and after the Olympics. In 2001, when it bid on the Olympics, China promised the international media would enjoy “complete freedom to report when they come to China.” Maybe their fingers were crossed when they made that commitment.

Globe and Mail, July 7, 2008

Olympic media the event to watch next month

While Beijing wants to put on a show for the world next month at the Summer Olympics, it is still governed by a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist government that believes media educate the masses and that the party determines the curriculum. How that connects with the more traditional media of the western world will be something to watch, let alone how it deals with the blogosphere. Some early challenges from dealing with a bureaucracy that really doesn’t understand media, and how western broadcasters are trying to deal with it, from Reuters.

Reuters, July 3, 2008