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Media and Sovereignty

November 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments
Assignments · Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

Recently, China accused Japan of spreading untrue statements to the media during the summit meetings. China had felt that their sovereignty and territory integrity had been violated.

A diplomat of China, Hu Zhenyue stated that the Japanese should take “full responsibility” for any problems that arise. The question behind this is, why is Japan doing this? According to Hu, the Diaoyu Islands that China has control of was the main problem. Japan tried to stir up trouble by spreading rumors through the media leading up to the summit in hopes of gaining support from other Southeast Nations. Hu felt that the rumors spread by the Japanese lead to an awkward atmosphere created between other leaders in attendance.

In relation to chapter 36, Price state, “the market is so powerful, technology so ubiquitous, that we are often reminded that the process of law making, especially in the field of media regulation, is like building castles in the sand where complex structures will be forcefully erased by an overwhelming cascade of waves”. This quote displays how powerful the media and power of the press truly is. Using media, the internet and different news forms, Japan was able to cause controversy and question China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Source: Chapter 36 – Media and Sovereignty: he Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power – By Monroe E. Price

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  • 1    nataliedurack // Nov 10, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I found your essay interesting, as I did not know this. It just goes to show how govenements use the media for their own corrupt agenda’s. It also shows us that we can not base our opinions and beliefs on every thing the media says.

  • 2    Prof. Hala // Nov 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Interesting case, as it appears to involve a state using its influence over domestic (and possibly international?) media in the service of its foreign policy toward another country. I wish I knew more about the case, about China’s precise allegations. What exactly was it accusing the Japanese government of doing? All governments have press/media departments that attempt to “spread” their version of events. If media just go running with any information a government official gives them, then they’re at fault for not doing their job (assuming they live in a state where they are free to). These media outlets that are said to have reported Japanese government rumors (if that’s what they were) as news, were they Japanese or international, or both?

  • 3    antoniomachevejr // Nov 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Interesting entry. I’ve actually heard about this. For the sake of legitimacy and to destroy the rumors, I personally think that the government of China should have taken the case to the International Court of Justice. And again, due to the lack of accurate information about China, we hear rumors from this side that China does not prioritize international law due to limited expertise and little interest in the field, and thus lacks adequate responses to such cases. Anyways, what I understand from this post is that China does not only block massive press and communication mediums to hide human rights violations. It does so to prevent corrupt and inaccurate information from entering its borders, but it can also do it to promote their side of the events like Nicole mentioned . Media regulation is of the utmost importance; nonetheless, I still believe that the control of media and communication is exaggerated in China, especially when it comes to its connection with the global arena.

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