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China reporters: Must be trained in Marxist theory

China orders reporters trained in Marxist theory

China will toughen requirements for reporters by launching a new certification system that requires training in Marxist and communist theories of news, a media official said, citing problems with the current crop of mainland journalists.

The South China Morning Post reported Thursday that Li Dongdong, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said some reporters were giving Chinese journalism a bad name because they hadn’t been properly trained. She didn’t give any specific examples.

Communist theories of journalism say media should serve the leadership and not undermine its initiatives – a stark contrast to the independent government watchdog role many democracies embrace.</em>

Many, but not ours. Imagine if our media had to be trained in our Constitution and history and not knee-pad 101 from Murdoch?


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