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Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Emergency News Control Mechanism

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences News published an article on May 14 regarding how to control news reports on emergency affairs. The article defined the scope of “emergency affairs” as natural disasters, accidents, public health incidents and public safety incidents.

The article suggested that the government should establish organizational units to “lead” the reporting effort. All media should establish dedicated channels to the government and the Party’s leading units to gauge the reporting effort in order to “correctly” guide the public opinion. The article’s suggested mechanism also requires recurring coordination meetings to ensure “correct” directions are followed and all resources can be managed centrally and effectively.

Source: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences News, May 14, 2009.