A few weeks ago Apple removed the New York Times app from its China app store at the request of Chinese government.
Last Friday, The Global Times, an influential tabloid published by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, scolded New York Times for doing investigative stories on sensitive subjects and trying to influence China’s internal affairs. The Global Times’ editorial said that the “Western media should not question China if it is to close its doors by scrutinizing one particular issue.”
The New York Times itself said that a possible reason for the ban was its recent investigative report on government subsidies to Apple supplier Foxconn.
We asked the Chinese Ministry of Truth to tell us more about why the government decided to ban the New York Times’ apps. The ministry spokesman sent us the following statement:
We decided to ban these apps because of The New York Times’ shameful practice of investigative reporting, which is based on a contemptible Western idea that there may be truth of which the government is not aware or hasn’t shared with its people. Such things might happen in Western nations, but it never happens in People’s Republic of China.
Therefore, in China there is no need to investigate anything. Good journalism here requires less time and effort because journalists only need to report the truth which our government generously shares with them.
Any accusations by Western media that we don’t respect independent journalism are without merit.
China respects the freedom of press very much, but it is based on the more harmonious principle which recognizes the independent right of the press to report everything what the government wants them to report. As long as Western media is willing to respect this principle, there will always be a place for serious journalism in China.