L'information peau de chagrin

Publié le par Hesiem

On savait déjà les Médias en Chine bien muselés par le Gouvernement Central. Malgré les nombreuses interdictions, quelques sujets tabous sortaient de temps en temps, comme par exemple certains cas de corruption, quelques reportages sur des catastrophes naturelles (ex : SRAS, grippe aviaire, contamination au benzène de la rivière Songhua, etc.) ou encore des reportages sur les très nombreuses émeutes qui font bouger les campagnes lointaines (ex : Taishi...).

L’étau se resserre donc encore un peu plus sur le secteur des Médias en Chine. D’après les informations présentées dans le SCMP (Journal de HK), le gouvernement est entrain de préparer un projet de loi visant à punir par des amendes les Medias qui publieraient des informations sur les catastrophes naturelles sans l’autorisation des administrations de tutelles.

Encore un coup de boulon supplémentaire pour contrôler l’info en Chine…



On the table: fines for breaking news (SCMP)
JOSEPHINE MA

Mainland media outlets will face fines ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 yuan if they break news on emergencies such as natural disasters without authorisation, according to a draft law being reviewed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

Media organisations would also be penalised if they report on the handling and developments of such emergencies without authorisation, or publish false reports about disasters.

The law also stipulates officials in charge of handling the emergencies should release information to the public and "manage" media reports on time. However, they are not required to make the news public if it will inhibit their work.

Public emergencies include natural disasters, accidents, public health crises and social security crises, such as protests and clashes between farmers and local officials, which are on the rise.

Journalism Professor Zhan Jiang , of the China Youth University for Political Sciences, said he was shocked to hear fines for the media were being stated in a law.

"I don't know whose idea was it to impose economic penalties on the media and even include them in a law," Professor Zhan said. "It is scary ... I was shocked when I read the report. I hope the NPC deputies will say something about this."

Mainland journalists say they are often told by the Communist Party's Propaganda Department that they can only use reports on emergencies from Xinhua and independent reporting was not allowed. However, there has never been a law that sets out fines for the media if they run their own reports.

Meanwhile, the law also stipulates that individuals are responsible to report emergencies to the government, help with rescue efforts and even maintain social order. It says that people who do not obey or co-operate with local officials in cases of emergencies will face criminal charges.

Outspoken law professor Teng Biao said these clauses would make it easier for the government to penalise protesters in cases of land seizures or clashes between farmers and local officials.

"Before, they were using excuses such as `disturbing social order' and even subversion to detain citizens fighting for their rights," Professor Teng said.

"But now the charge can be more direct, saying they are not obeying decisions by local governments handling emergencies."



Hesiem, Beijing (Chine)

Publié dans La presse en parle

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nico 16/07/2006 17:55

le pire dans tout ca, c'est qu'ils veulent aussi etendre cette loi aux journalistes etrangers, ce qui sous-entend que les hongkongais seraient egalement concernes...

Hesiem 28/06/2006 11:22

Tout de même, la pub c'est loin d'être la meilleure solution vu que c’est par définition un outils visant à restreindre le choix du consommateur, sans même parler du type de support qui ne se prête pas du tout au débat d’idées. De plus, une pub qui contreviendrait à « l’ordre social » aurait vite fait d’être retirée.

MrSel 27/06/2006 13:11

En revanche, pour quelques centaines de kuai et une photo numérique, on peut faire la pub de n'importe quelle boîte. Pas de censure, pas de relecture, une forme de liberté de la presse, somme tout.