Archive for April 1, 2012


“China’s influential microblogs, which over the last few years have emerged as a challenge to the monopoly of the state media, have fallen silent for the first time after being penalised over the spread of coup rumours.

Two major Chinese microblogging sites, weibo.com and t.qq.com, known as Chinese Twitters with about 300 million microblogger subscribers have suspended comment functions after they were punished for allowing rumours to spread, state run Shanghai Daily reported.” DNA India.

more at www.dnaindia.com/world/report_china-s-microblog-media-falls-silent-for-first-time_1670182

China’s Death-Row Reality Show:

“Until it was taken off the air last December, one of the most popular television programs in China’s Henan province, which has a population of 100 million, was “Interviews Before Execution.” The presenter was Ding Yu, a pretty young woman, always carefully dressed with colorful scarves and blouses; in each episode, she would interview on camera a condemned murderer who was about to face a firing squad or a lethal injection….” New York Review of Books, March 2012.

This fascinating article at the New York Review of Books continues in full at: executionshOw@NYRevBks

the interpretOr will be exploring other aspects of media in contemporary China and we welcome any feedback, including focus suggestions.

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