China’s media environment is a strong focus of attention for journalists and academics around the world. It is seen as the predominant sphere in which political and social change may be fostered, and a bellwether for broader issues in the mercurial China of today. Nonetheless, this debate is often held in black-and-white terms, focusing on censorship and control, while ignoring the much more complex and variegated reality, where fragmented actors continuously negotiate new situations and interests, and where government is often pushed in a reactive role. This term, PCMLP organizes a seminar series that will provide a deeper insight in the different factors shaping regulation and policymaking in relation to the Chinese Internet. These seminars will look at media law and policy developments in China from different angles, in order to provide a more comprehensive view of developments.

8 May: Micro Opinions in Macro China: Networks Embedded in Hierarchical Structures
Hui Xue – Ph.D. Candidate, MacQuarie University

15 May: The Legislative Environment of the Internet in China
Xia Yan – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications

22 May: Regulatory Responses to User-Generated Content on the Chinese Internet
Bingchun Meng – Lecturer, School of Media and Communications, London School of Economics

29 May: China Dream, Positive Energy and TV Entertainment: The Tightrope Walking of
Chinese Provincial TV Stations
Zhao Yu – Associate Professor, Media & Foreign Culture College, Zhejiang University

5 June: Developing Media Tort Law in China
Perry Keller – Senior Lecturer, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

All are welcome, no registration is necessary. Seminars are followed by drinks and nibbles.
For more information, e-mail Dr. Rogier Creemers (convenor):