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Media Censorship in China; By Annunthra K

An overview of internal suppressions, laws and struggles

Issue Brief: 07/2023

C3S launches its Issue Brief initiative. An issue brief is a summary of the knowledge surrounding an issue or a problem. It summarizes the issue by giving clear, concise, and complete information describing all facets of a particular issue including a detailed illustration in the form of images, data, and facts. It also includes recommendations for action and predictions on the future course of an issue.


Press Freedom in China is neither a debatable topic nor a conflicted one. China is known to be the "World's largest jailer for journalists". The Chinese government claims that media censorship is necessary to attain national security. To monitor that, there are various organisations keenly watching the movements of journalists and news produced by the media as to whether they follow the rules and regulations posed by both self-regulated and government agencies. The article examines the effects of media restriction on Chinese society, including the effects on public dialogue, citizen journalism, and access to authentic news. It investigates the difficulties faced by domestic and international media organizations operating in China as they walk the narrow line between compliance and journalistic ethics. It emphasizes the challenges and repercussions for Chinese people's freedom of speech, information flow, and fundamental rights during a rising digital interconnection. This abstract intends to stimulate more on press freedom, and human rights protection, by giving light on the mechanisms and motivations underlying media censorship in China.

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C3S Issue Brief VII - Annunthra K
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(Ms. Annunthra K is a research officer at C3S. The views expressed are those of the author and does not reflect the views of C3S.)
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