Posted by Zachary Smith
Any person can tell you about the vast number of differences between the eastern world and western world. However, can one consider the practice and consideration of journalism to be one of those differences?
As described by a Nieman Reports story by Glenn Mott, “what is mean by Western journalism within China is what most Chinese have casual access to: CNN, BBC or what can be culled from the firewalled Internet abroad using a Virtual Private Network to access blocked sites.”
Mott questions what can be described as Western Journalism? Does this involve the ethical standards that western journalists follow? As one reads news stories about journalists in the two hemispheres it is evident that there is a distinction between each hemisphere’s practices.
One difference is the fear of violence that journalists face in the eastern hemisphere. For example, recently, a Chinese journalist who probed the cooking oil scandal was stabbed 10 times and died due to complications from this attack. The Committee to Protect Journalists wrote about the unfortunate story of this Chinese journalist named Li Xiang.
“Li had reported on the illegal recylcing of waste oil into cooking oil and also wrote about it on his microblog,” CPJ reports. In the western hemisphere, this kind of reporting often receives praise in the western hemisphere. However, in the east, according to CPJ, “Food safety scandals are common in China, and journalists reporting on them frequently encounter harassment.”
Do you think that there are other obvious differences between the ideas of western and eastern journalism? If so, what are they? Also, do you consider it to be more challenging for an eastern journalist to live and report in the west or for a western journalist to live and report in the east?