A three-week long seminar on press and publication in developing countries has ended in the People’s Republic of China. The three-week seminar was held from April 7-27, 2012 in that Asian country. The seminar brought together 37 media practitioners from around the world. The Publishers of the Independent and Authoritative Heritage Newspaper and FrontPage Africa Newspaper, Messrs. Mohammed M. Kanneh, Sr. and Rodney Sieh represented Liberia at the media seminar.
The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China.
Making a presentation, a professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University in China, SHI Anbin, stated that the media has over the years helped shaped the destiny of China.
Giving the media landscape of China, Prof. Anbin said the media consumers in China is 20% of the world’s total.
He disclosed that there are 2,000 newspapers and 673 radio stations in China.
Out of the 2,000 newspapers, he further disclosed, 816 are daily newspapers, while the rest are bi-weekly etc.
According to him, there are 9,000 magazines currently functioning in China, and that television audience is about 900,000000.
Said Prof. Anbin: “Currently, there are 800,000000 mobile phone users, there are 450, 0000000 internet users and there are 300, 0000000 bloggers here.”
Also speaking on the role of the Press in China, he noted that the press has positively helped in the areas of education, mobilization, information and entertainment.
He stated that the media has helped the people of China to think critically, something which according to him limits corruption in the country.
“The role of the press has been so critical in China. The Press in China has helped in protecting individual rights and in exposing corporate scandals in society,” Prof. Anbin added.
Also making presentation on China’s economic reform, a Professor at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, Sun Qiming, said China has had an increase of 9% Gross Domestic Products (GDP) for 30 years in row (1978-2010).
He disclosed that China, as a country, feeds about 22% of the world’s population, stressing, China has an amount of 7% of the world’s total land.
The Chinese professor indicated that China is a market-oriented economy.
“In 1985, China introduced a dual-track system of purchasing agricultural products, replacing allocated purchasing of agricultural products with contract purchasing and market purchasing,” he stated.
Meanwhile, participants of the seminar visited the National Palace Museum, the Great Wall, Xinhua News Agency, the Tea City and also visit to local communities in Fujian Province and the famous Olympic venues and Wuyi Mountain.
(Source : Heritage, Liberia via allAfrica.com)