China's media enables tyranny and corruption
Updated 5:18 AM ET, Thu November 23, 2017
- Jiang Xueqin: China's "fake news" is what allows political corruption and tyranny to continue
- And the Chinese internet firewall has only made things worse -- distinguishing truth from lies is nearly impossible, writes Xueqin
A Canadian citizen and a Yale graduate, Jiang Xueqin is a China-based educator and writer. He was formerly deputy principal of Tsinghua University High School, Peking University High School and Shenzhen Middle School. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. This is the next installment in CNN Opinion's series on the challenges facing the media as it is under attack from critics, governments and changing technology.
(CNN)I can count myself lucky that when the Chinese secret police arrested me for reporting on worker strikes and branded me a spy, all they did was deport me. It was June 3, 2002, and I was filming a worker protest undercover for a PBS documentary. As I interviewed a laid-off worker, I was jumped by thugs, thrown into a van, driven to a black spot and held incommunicado for 48 hours.