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Media, Market, and Democracy in China

Between the Party Line and the Bottom Line

Media, Market, and Democracy in China is an astonishingly close look at the intertwining nature of the Communist Party and the news media in China, how they affect each other, and what the future might hold for each.

How do market forces influence the media in China? How does the Party both introduce and try to contain the market's influence? How do commercial imperatives both accommodate and challenge Party control?

To answer these and other questions, Yuezhi Zhao interviewed a wide range of scholars, media administrators, and media professionals. During five months in China in 1994 and 1995, she monitored media content, carried out extensive documentary research in Beijing, and held off-the-record meetings with Chinese media insiders.

The first study of its kind to trace the Chinese print and broadcast media from the 1920s to 1996, this work will be must reading for students of journalism, mass communications, political science, and China studies, as well as for media and business professionals and policy makers who need to understand what's happening to China and its mass media.


"Offers a vivid, authoritative, and nuanced topical view of the state of the Chinese journalistic media during a period of epochal transition."--Dan Schiller, author of Theorizing Communications: A History


Yuezhi Zhao, a native of Zhejiang Province, China, and a former journalist, is an assistant professor of communications at the University of California at San Diego and coauthor of Sustaining Democracy? Journalism and the Politics of Objectivity.

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