The growing economic ties between China and Africa – with trade between the two soaring to US$160 billion in 2011 – have often resulted in far from glowing headlines in both the independent African media and western press. As the Chinese Vice-Minister of Information, Wang Guoqing said at a media seminar for African journalists in Beijing in 2012: “We know that there are some people who do not like our relationship. These people often try hard to demonize the relationship.” Meanwhile, state-run African media can be just as forthright in its unconditional support for China.
So why are media views of China and Africa so polarised? And how can they overcome some of the obstacles to more objective reporting and provide a more nuanced and realistic depiction of such a crucial relationship – and one that is going to have an important bearing not just on Africa’s economic growth but also its politics?
At the Open Briefing, Professor Ying Chan (Head of the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre) will discuss these and many other issues relating to China, Africa and the media.
Date: Thursday, 14 March 2013
Time: 13:00 – 14:00 followed by lunch
Venue: OSISA Board Room, President Place, 1 Hood Avenue, Rosebank
An award-winning journalist, Professor Ying Chan established the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre in September 1999. Along with setting up the first professional postgraduate journalism programme in Hong Kong, she also launched Hong Kong's first fellowships for working journalists, and forged extensive ties between HKU and the news industry. Chan's honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. She taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and was on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association.