China celebrates Journalists’ Day with President Xi Jinping encouraging adherence to ‘the correct political direction’
As the world waits for Americans to finish voting, China’s Journalists’ Day is coming to an end. Described by state media as a “work-as-usual holiday for journalists,” the annual celebration was established in 2000 to commemorate the November 8, 1937, founding of the China Young Journalists Association by reporters in Shanghai headed by Fan Changjiang.
The holiday is not a festival of muckraking. Xinhua News Agency’s report says President Xi Jinping presided over a meeting with the All-China Journalists’ Association where he “stressed the importance of ‘a sound environment for public opinion’” and “urged the country’s journalists to follow ‘the correct political direction.’” Xi’s remarks set out the Communist Party’s view of the proper role of journalists, namely, to “conform to the CPC Central Committee, adhere to the Marxist view of journalism…[and] promote the Party’s theories and policies.”
The Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, the People’s Daily, featured Journalists’ Day as its top story on its Chinese website. Xinhua News Agency did not, instead using its banner headline to promote a package on the reform of China’s health care system (in Chinese).
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