English translation: The Three Newspapers Were Smeared
A Scholar: Highlights the Phenomenon of Fear of China
The World Journal and Other Newspapers Might Be Banned from Reporting on the Masked Man
Zhao Yuezhi: Reflecting the Estrangement Between the Mainstream Society and Chinese Media
Reporter Fan Qiongwen
Report from Vancouver
In response to the issue that three local Chinese newspapers may be banned from reporting on the refugee hearing of the "masked man", Zhao Yuezhi, a professor of communication studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), thinks that this may violate the freedom of the press and believes that the lawyer who requested the ban does not know the background and operation of the three Chinese newspapers at all. She also stressed that the incident reflected the relative estrangement between mainstream society and local Chinese media, as well as the "fear of China" mentality.
Zhao Yuezhi said that the three Chinese newspapers, including the World Journal, Sing Tao Daily and Ming Pao, have a long history in the local area. It is an "impossible paradox" that they are controlled by the Chinese government. She mentioned that the Chinese residents in the community in the early 1990s even jokingly called the World Journal a newspaper with an "anti-communist" stance, so it cannot be controlled by the Chinese government. She thinks this is an absurd conclusion that the lawyer made because he isn’t familiar with local Chinese newspapers.
She also mentioned that the incident not only hindered the freedom of the press but also highlighted the continuation of the "fear of China" phenomenon in mainstream society. Zhao Yuezhi said that she could not understand the defence lawyer's statement that “media reports jeopardize the client” and thinks that it is unavoidable for the news media to carry preconceived viewpoints. She questioned that "even if there were pro-China media outside of China, wouldn't they be allowed to report freely?" She also questioned why the pro-China media must be controlled by the Chinese government.
She also agrees that the incident is similar to an earlier incident during the administration of CSIS director Fadden, which highlighted the "China phobia" of mainstream society due to the paranoia and unease caused by the rise of China. She also encourages mainstream society to face their issues with the local Chinese media, and that they should not transplant the stereotype of the Chinese government controlling their domestic media to Chinese media overseas.
In recent years, the elements of many Chinese media run by people with a mainland Chinese background have inevitably become more complicated. However, compared with the three Chinese media that have been named, Zhao Yuezhi believes that "there is still a big difference between them". Making groundless accusations and sweeping generalizations is unfair to the Chinese media operating independently outside of China.
Jiang Xiansheng, the deputy editor of the newspaper, described what happened when he gave testimony to the refugee tribunal on behalf of the newspaper on the 8th. Some media inquired about the financial operations of the newspaper. Jiang Xiansheng said that the World Journal is affiliated with the Taiwan United Daily News Group. In terms of editorial guidelines and financial operations, the World Journal’s five newspaper offices in North American basically operate independently. The Vancouver office is based in Canada and adheres to reporting criteria in western society.
He also reiterated the newspaper’s position when he was interviewed. If the court approves the media ban on the 10th, the newspaper will take legal measures to seek judicial review and defend the freedom of the press and public’s right to know.
[Photo]: Zhao Yuezhi, a professor of communication studies at Simon Fraser University, believes that it is not only untrue but also against the freedom of the press to smear the three Chinese media and to ban interviews from them.
(taken from the SFU website)
[Photo]: Jiang Xiansheng, deputy editor of the World Journal, in an interview with the Omni TV, categorically refuted the statement that the World Journal was manipulated by the Chinese government, pointing out that the opposing party does not even know the background of the World Journal.
(Reporter Zhu Guanhua / Photography)