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This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah
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This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah

How would you evaluate the state of individual freedoms in India at the practical level? Do the rich have more of it than the poor?

In (V.S.) Naipaul’s phrase, India has a million mutinies (going on) diurnally. This social anarchy contributes to free speech. Trade unionists, journalists, social activists, artists and writers are dealt with (by the establishment) on the basis of the fear created in those who censor with heavy-handed police action. The protests of the poor are much more vulnerable. But for the media, which exposes human vulnerability and offers space to the free expression of vulnerable people, the poor would be nowhere. True, the media is corporate-owned, but journalists are not pawns in the hands of editors. My faith in journalism rests on journalists who have proved their mettle again and again in independent India.