The Role of The Chinese Press in the Tiananmen Square Rebellion
Analyzes the role of the Chinese press in the 1989 democracy uprisings. Argues that the domestic Chinese press took an active role in the events & aided in manipulating reactions & outcomes.
# 20932 | 4,500 words | 15 sources | 1994 |
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From the Paper:"Introduction
In China, as in most totalitarian states, the press is really little more than another arm of the government. In the Beijing Spring of 1989, however, for a brief moment that dynamic changed. Whereas the usual opposition or rebellion movement would have no voice in or means to manipulate the press, the student democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square found themselves both gaining straightforward coverage from their national press and also able to participate in the process by granting interviews and attempting to manipulate the coverage. The reasons for this change are multifold, among the most important of these being the behind the scenes power struggle within the government, during which it relaxed its control of the information flow. This did not, however, mean that the students.."
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