Chinese government proposes media ethics training for journalists

Plans to ensure government media policies are followed

The Chinese government has proposed a new certification system that requires training for journalists in communist theories of media ethics, amidst a drive to improve media standards and ensure closer adherence to government media policies.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported that Li Dongdong, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said the new test for journalists would be similar to the examination for prospective civil servants. He said some mainland reporters were giving journalism a bad name because they were not properly trained.

"Comrades working on journalism's front lines must learn theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics and be taught Marx's view on news, plus media ethics and Communist Party discipline on news and propaganda," Li stated.

The communist theory of journalism stipulates that media should serve the country's leadership and not undermine its initiatives.