It’s too easy to criticize a totalitarian regime for suppressing a free press. But it’s informative to hear officials rationalize their actions.
“We manage the media according to the law. The important thing is that the media, whether it’s foreign or Chinese, they have to fall in the law of China and they have to serve the interests of the people,” said Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to England. “What we are concerned about is the healthy content, is whether it’s in the interests of improving mutual understanding in China.”
He was interviewed recently by Skye News, http://news.sky.com/story/1195333/china-defends-blocking-some-western-websites
The ambassador is not promoting propaganda, he said. He wants the truth.
“We expect them [news media] to be a good citizen in China rather than spreading rumours and bias against China, and we don’t see that’s the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between China and the outside world.”
Sounds just like too many local US officials who complain the newspaper reporter is too negative about their latest economic development projects.