Press self-censorship in China: a case study in the transformation of discourse

  title={Press self-censorship in China: a case study in the transformation of discourse},
  author={Jingrong Tong},
  journal={Discourse \& Society},
  pages={593 - 612}
  • Jingrong Tong
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
This article examines the way in which newspaper discourse gets changed. Original reports of three social problem events that journalists sent to two different newsrooms and reports that were published are compared using critical discourse analysis. It is argued that the practice of self-censorship helps newsrooms bypass political 'minefields', and at the same time increase the possibilities of the publication of reports on highly politically sensitive topics. In this sense, in the Chinese… 

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