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Reporting From China, Challenges in the Field

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As China has relaxed controls on internal movement, controls on press freedom have also relaxed.  Mike Chinoy recalls the early days of reporting from China, when government minders, frightened citizens, and limited mobility meant Western journalists were forced to interpret this massively complex country through a keyhole view.  Today, foreign journalists in China enjoy broad freedom of movement and can talk to anyone willing to talk to them, and thanks to the prevalence of the internet most news travels too fast to be censored completely.

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About Mike Chinoy

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Mike Chinoy is Vice President and Managing Director for Asia of NewsCertified Exchange, a new company that provides customized media training to business, academic and other "experts" and then puts their names on an online date base available to journalists in need of a "media-ready" analyst to comment on an important issue. He is also a Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California. From 2006-09, he... [Full Bio]
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