People’s Daily Online is openly soliciting feedback for China’s English-language newspapers, using language that doesn’t even try to conceal the fact that papers such as China Daily and Global Times might be affiliated with the government.
This is the shocking part, of course. Those of us familiar with China know how complicated the media environment here is, and put up with government editorials (i.e. ignore them), which are the suckerfish on the backs of quality journalism. But wasn’t the point of expanding to the US to at least give the illusion of a fresh start? One would think that China Daily USA (Europe, etc.) would wish to steer as clear as possible of the propaganda offices and mouthpieces in its home office. This survey does them — and every other English-language Chinese publication — absolutely no favors.
Here’s PD’s introductory message:
The Institute of People’s Daily Online of P.R.C is currently carrying out a survey on foreign users’ uses and attitudes of China’s English news websites. The main purpose of the research is to improve China’s English online news services.
Your participation in this survey would be highly appreciated. Please visit http://labs.people.com.cn/survey/2012/ to participate. Your response to this survey will be kept strictly confidential.
And the survey, which includes questions such as (click to enlarge):
Go give them your feedback. I’m sure it’ll be appreciated.
POSTSCRIPT: Also see, from September: CRI and CIBN’s questionnaire on the CPC National Congress.