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A Frog in a Well: People's Daily and its Geographic Landscape
Unformatted Document Text:  ICA-2-10365 A frog in a well: People’s Daily and its Geographic Landscape 20 reporting patterns. The majority of news concerning Japan, for example, is about textbook issues. Conflicts involving Middle East are constantly being covered. Images of battling groups and refugees are repeatedly presented. However, few of these reports provide clues about the cause and significance of the conflicts. Conflicts in Yugoslavia have seldom been put into an understandable context. People’s Daily projects itself as an international forum where third world countries can voice out their criticism. North Korea is an obvious example, which strongly criticized Japanese textbook editions and US hegemony. Cuba, Pakistan and Iraq were reported in the same pattern. During the sampled period, there were serial stories about how the Uganda crackdown on illegal religious organizations. As many may understand during the same period, China was dealing with Falungong domestically. From the surface, Chinese media did pay much more attention to those underdeveloped worlds. But in fact, those third world countries were attributed as news primarily when they could serve China’s political agenda or justify Chinese domestic and foreign policies. Their opinions are actually a representation of China’s own viewpoint. Lowell Dittmer (1994) observed Chinese media and said “what purports to be public media available to the masses simply echoes official pronouncements, enforces mass conformity, and contains the least useful information.” International news is an instrument to pronounce the Party’s stance, to condemn those it objects to, to propagate and justify its policies. Zhao (1998) argued changes in China is significant, “but they don’t signify an ‘end of ideology’”. International news, as examined above, is still served not for the

Authors: Chen, Danielle. and Yan, Xiaoying.
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ICA-2-10365 A frog in a well: People’s Daily and its Geographic Landscape
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reporting patterns. The majority of news concerning Japan, for example, is about
textbook issues. Conflicts involving Middle East are constantly being covered. Images
of battling groups and refugees are repeatedly presented. However, few of these reports
provide clues about the cause and significance of the conflicts. Conflicts in Yugoslavia
have seldom been put into an understandable context.
People’s Daily projects itself as an international forum where third world
countries can voice out their criticism. North Korea is an obvious example, which
strongly criticized Japanese textbook editions and US hegemony. Cuba, Pakistan and
Iraq were reported in the same pattern. During the sampled period, there were serial
stories about how the Uganda crackdown on illegal religious organizations. As many
may understand during the same period, China was dealing with Falungong
domestically. From the surface, Chinese media did pay much more attention to those
underdeveloped worlds. But in fact, those third world countries were attributed as news
primarily when they could serve China’s political agenda or justify Chinese domestic
and foreign policies. Their opinions are actually a representation of China’s own
viewpoint. Lowell Dittmer (1994) observed Chinese media and said “what purports to
be public media available to the masses simply echoes official pronouncements,
enforces mass conformity, and contains the least useful information.” International news
is an instrument to pronounce the Party’s stance, to condemn those it objects to, to
propagate and justify its policies.
Zhao (1998) argued changes in China is significant, “but they don’t signify an
‘end of ideology’”. International news, as examined above, is still served not for the


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