Around Asia: Chinese journalists prohibited from supportive statements about Japan

China’s ruling Communist Party has barred journalists from taking supportive stances towards Japan, the government’s latest heavy-handed attempt to censor its media.

Journalists would not be allowed to defend or express agreement with Japan in articles about territorial and historical issues between the two nations.

Members of the press, including around 250,000 journalists who work for various Chinese media organizations, will also undergo a mandatory training program to learn about Marxist views on journalism, laws and regulations and norms in news-gathering and editing.

At the same time, journalists were warned not to adopt overly belligerent positions regarding Japan.

The nationwide program, the first such required by the ruling party before renewing press credentials, started in mid-October and will run through the end of this year.

According to The Japan Times, training instructors denounced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “right leaning” policies and said the United States is “trying to undermine” China.

Reporters were also told to reject democracy and human rights, saying the West is using these values to target China’s Communist Party.

By Maesie Bertumen

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