World Media Summit: Be more Xinhua

hail to the Chairman's important speech

hail to the Chairman's important speech

Associated Press, Reuters, News Corporation, the BBC, Time Warner-Turner Broadcasting, Kyodo News Agency, TASS News Agency and Google Russia,  many other foreign news organizations, plus forty domestic media attended the World Media Summit (WMS) in Beijing. About 300 representatives from more than 170 media outlets from around the world attended the summit at the Great Hall of the People, reports the WMS’s media outlet, and listened to China’s chairman Hu Jintao‘s opening speech:

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the World Media Summit, Hu said the summit, under the theme of “Cooperation, Action, Win-Win and Development”, reflects concerns about the challenges the global media industry is facing, demonstrates the willingness of all media to enhance exchanges and cooperation and seek common development, and shows the resolve of media staff to commit themselves to promoting world peace and development.

JR must admit that he used to think the media were here to cover developments, report facts, and publish analysis and opinion from a variety of sources.

But maybe Chairman Hu read this Wikipedia entry about mass media before speaking:

  • Advocacy, both for business and social concerns. This can include advertising, marketing, propaganda, public relations, and political communication.
  • Entertainment, traditionally through performances of acting, music, and sports, along with light reading; since the late 20th century also through video and computer games.
  • Public service announcements.

Then again, given that most of the attending news organizations are in or related to the business of journalism, maybe they should have read this one below, and have stayed away from the farce:

Journalism is the discipline of collecting, analyzing, verifying and presenting information regarding current events, trends, issues and people.

JR is struggling for a rational logical explanation as to wtf AP, the BBC, et al  were doing there. The only adequate reason would have been to report on the sick opera – but not to be part of it.

Was it for the Chinese media market? “Newspaper industries in China and India are doing fine, in much better situation compared with those newspaper industries in America or in Europe or in Japan,” Xinhua quotes Kiyotaka Akasaka, UN under-secretary general for public information.

Or did the attendees hope to get something in return for making monkeys out of themselves? Stuff like that the Chinese government will safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news media and continue to facilitate foreign media coverage of China in accordance with the law?

“We will continue to make government affairs public, enhance information distribution, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign news organizations and reporters, and facilitate foreign media coverage of China in accordance with China’s laws and regulations,” Hu said while addressing the World Media Summit in Beijing.

The tragic emphasis is on we will continue to.

Xinhua has dubbed the two-day summit at the Great Hall of the People ”the media Olympics”, adding that the phrase was coined by ”a veteran CNN journalist”.
But other observers say the event more closely resembles tribute rituals of the Chinese imperial court, as well as the modern-day functions and structures of the Communist Party.

Singapore’s Morning News puts it differently, but points into the same direction:

China displays global leadership ambition in the development of the international media.

But the only organization anywhere that needs the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership in this field is the CCP itself.

Why are Mass Media Losing Relevance, February 26, 2009

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