“The first social responsibility and professional ethic of media staff should be understanding their role clearly and be a good mouthpiece.”
– Hu Zhanfan (胡占凡), CCTV president
CCTV’s newly-appointed boss drew fire from Chinese netizens last weekend over statements he made in July regarding the role of journalists in China, including labeling them “propaganda workers.” Hu’s appointment coincides with a general tightening of information control online over the past few weeks. Read more of Hu’s Goebbels-esque words on “social responsibility” and “news workers” here. In related news, yesterday CMP also quoted a veteran journalist in China expressing similar sentiments, although with a decidedly different tone.