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The need of Shield Law in China
Journalism & Communication
Pages 5 (1255 words)
The Need of Shield Law in China INTRODUCTION The proposed ‘Flow of Information Act’, which is also known as the ‘Federal Shield Law’, helps to protect the journalists from the governmental bias bindings which excludes journalists from any obligation to reveal sources of information as well as documents when aiming at informing the mass public which might harm the reputation of a political party or any governing body (Journal Standard.com, “Our View: Feds snooping into AP highlights need for Shield law”).
In accordance to this, if the journalists are threatened they are free to file a petition in the court with respect to federal prosecution as per the guidelines of this law (Pavlik 189-192). THESIS STATEMENT China’s media censorship has often been accused or alleged to be vague. Restricting the transparent flow of information, journalists or the reports are also reported to be imprisoned if the government believes that the news or the information is to compromise political benefits in China. Focusing on these issues, the thesis intends to reveal the need and the importance of Shield Law in China. ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF SHIELD LAW Journalism in China represents a dominant as well as bias role played by the government with respect to media censorship. The problem related to journalism represents that the content as well as the communication of the news event to the general mass is staggering in the recent years with the emergence of increasing internet users (Schlesinger, “Challenged in China”). ...
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