An Orchestra of Voices: Making the Argument for Greater Speech and Press Freedom in the People's Republic of China

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 143 pages
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China's boldest advocate for press and speech freedom provides a collection of his 1981-1999 arguments for greater freedom of press and speech, as presented to China's government, Party officials, and its intellectual community. Sun is the former Director of the Institute of the Institute of Jouranlism and Communication and the original Director of the Committee to Draft China's Press Law. His published articles-and four new ones for this book-chronicle a continuum of painstaking, relentless, and, ultimately, influential logic. He elucidates the media's disastrous role in the Cultural Revolution, the characteristics of socialist press freedom, the counter-productivity of centralized media governance, the need for law and for media diversity, and the freedoms necessary to empower the proletariat.

Sun's intention is not opposition. He evokes the country's founding premises, the principal power of the proletariat, and the pattern of early, market economy successes to chisel away at entrenched centralism and lingering feudalism. This collection offers rare entry into the mind of an exceedingly brave and principled man who-for 20 years-has declared those principles through unmitigating difficulty and dullness. An important think-piece for all scholars and researchers involved with press freedoms and contemporary China.


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SUN XUPEI is Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Journalism at the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Journalism and Communication. He was editor of the Huaibei Bureau of Mining's Miners News and is also author of New Treatise on Journalism (1994). Sun served as Director of the Media Law Reserach Office and Director of the Institute of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

DR. ELIZABETH C. MICHEL is a Visiting Profesor of Communication at Kennesaw State University and President of Kairos COmmunicating Strategies, Incorporated. Michel is author of the Karios Communicating Process (1998) and the Karios Communicating Strategies Interactive CD-ROM (2000). She served as Communication Department Chair at Mars Hill College and as Visiting Scholar to the Institute of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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