China's "Fake News" Campaign

Any campaign against "fake news" in China ought to be a welcome sign that the country's media, which sometimes is irresponsible, occasionally open to bribery and routinely unprofessional, is being cleaned up. But the campaign launched by the government on Feb. 15 against fake news is being met with deep concern among journalists. As with much that happens in China, it may have little to do with false or inaccurate reporting and more to do with a crackdown on media freedom. And, from comments made during the crackdown, it is clear that there are fundamental differences in the way Beijing regards the media compared to the west. Beijing appears to regard the press as a component of government whereas in the west it is a counterweight.

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