The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in China
By Reports without borders
December 7, 2021
Two years after China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) publishes The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in China, a report revealing the extent of the regime’s campaign of repression against the right to information.
Published a year before the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress, which will take place at the end of December 2022, The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in China is a damning 82-page document that demonstrates the acceleration of China’s violations against its own international commitments to freedom of opinion and expression. The report, released on 7 December 2021, reveals the unprecedented campaign of repression led by the Chinese regime in recent years against journalism and the right to information worldwide.
Specifically, the report examines the regime’s tools of repression against journalists and the deterioration of press freedom in Hong Kong, which was once a model of press freedom but now has an increasing number of journalists arrested in the name of national security.
The Great Leap Backwards of Journalism in China also details Beijing’s strategy to control access to information within and beyond its borders before presenting appeals and recommendations to Chinese authorities, governments, institutions, journalists and media outlets.