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By Jingrong Tong

In the framework of democratic societies, investigative journalism is deemed as serving the general public curiosity, aiding preserve a fit public sphere and assisting to carry strength under consideration. The beliefs of a democratic society justify the assumption and perform of investigative journalism. Alternately, sleek China runs an authoritarian method of the one-party rule, so the place does the assumption of investigative journalism slot in? Why can investigative journalism seem in such an authoritarian society and with what features?

Investigative Journalism in China examines the 4 facets of chinese language investigative journalism (the notion of investigative journalism and its comparability opposed to Western contexts; the Development/Influence; journalists and their paintings; and the affects on society), by utilizing empirical facts from Dr. Jingrong Tong's fieldwork at newsrooms (the Southern Metropolitan Daily and the Dahe Daily) in 2006, seventy three in-depth-interviews carried out from 2004-2008, and the research of inner and public files and media circumstances with the intention to properly survey the sector and placed it in context.

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The rising number of laid-off workers and landless peasants began to expose the social problems of unemployment and poverty (Wu 2004). The term “poverty” is beyond an economic term. Instead, it means vulnerability and political and social exclusion from the social structures and security (Sun 2002a; Sun 2002b; Wang 2006). Meanwhile, human rights problems emerged in the process of economic reform as the fourth social problem. As top and local political The Flourishing of Investigative Journalism in the 1990s 35 leaders merely prioritized economic growth, Chinese policy-makers completely ignored sustainable development, resulting in environmental problems, such as pollution, the depletion of nonrenewable natural resources, and the destruction of the natural ecological environment, as well as human right problems, for example, the lack of human rights for urban residents in urban displacement and of rural landholders in land requisitions.

They actively participated in debates raised by newspapers and journalists in public media coverage. The sparks of new ideas and the desire for political reform that thrived in the intellectual movement that was known as the “new enlightenment” in the 1980s, however, almost died out immediately in the encounter with the Tiananmen Square Crisis, which was contemporary with the fall of the Berlin Wall and of the Soviet Union, indicating the collapse of the Communist Bloc and the end of the Cold War.

The “truth” could also be general social problems in the country, and could merely be a whole picture of what happened and why, explaining in detail the “what” and “why” of news events. Through revealing the “truth,” journalists could get the public’s or even the ruling Party’s attention to stories warning of problems and risks in Chinese society. By practicing investigative journalism, Chinese journalism changed its image to the public from being the Party’s “lapdog” to becoming the “watchdog” on the Party’s leash (Zhao 2000).

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