Xinhua reported that, on February 19, Xi Jinping visited three central news media: People’s Daily, Xinhua, and CCTV. Following his visit, Xi hosted a forum with the media workers. The article said that during the forum, Xi stressed several points: that the fundamental principal of the Party’s media work is to be persistent in the Party’s leadership over the media; that the media is the propaganda platform of the Party and the government; and that the media must serve the Party. In addition, Xi emphasized the importance of innovation and development in the areas of technology and contents, especially in the online area which is the news source for most of the younger generation. Xi also directed that China should build an elite class media group in order to improve China’s international discourse right overseas.
Source: Xinhua, February 22, 2016