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‘Constructive’, Not Critical

The average Chinese journalist is an ‘incurious’ individual, according to Indian and Western academics living and working in China.  His or her training does not include asking uncomfortable questions or anything remotely investigative that could embarrass the government.  In fact, the kind of journalism practiced in China is of the “constructive” variety, meaning it focuses on stories of “achievement” from the political and economic to social and cultural.  This is not a negative but the absence of criticism of any kind tends to make their media bland and singularly dull.