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Investigative Journalism in ChinaEight Cases in Chinese Watchdog Journalism$
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David Bandurski and Martin Hala

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622091733

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622091733.001.0001

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The Origins of Investigative Journalism

The Origins of Investigative Journalism

The Emergence of China’s Watchdog Reporting / By Li-Fung Cho

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Investigative Journalism in China

David Bandurski

Martin Hala

Ying Chan

Hong Kong University Press

China's media consumers are increasingly able to access news stories exposing government corruption and examining the social costs of the nation's market-based economic reforms. Some China observers laud this development as a sign of growing press freedom in China. Others dismiss these developments, arguing that China's new watchdog journalism functions at most as a watchdog on a government leash, a newer and more sophisticated tool for legitimizing and maintaining Chinese Communist Party (CCP) control. In fact, China's version of watchdog reporting is a complex phenomenon that resists simplistic analysis based on the dichotomy of “freedom versus control.” China's watchdog journalism grows out of what the Chinese calls yulun jiandu, or “supervision by public opinion.” The program has resulted in the transformation of Chinese investigative reporters into public actors in a newfound world of muckraking journalism.

Keywords:   China, corruption, economic reforms, press freedom, watchdog journalism, Chinese Communist Party, watchdog reporting

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