chapter  8
30 Pages

ACCOMMODATION AND REASSESSMENT: THE WINDS OF IDEOLOGICAL CHANGE

Between December 9, 1949, and October 28, 1950, the People’s Republic promulgated the “Provisional Press Laws and Regulations of the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China” regarding newspapers, and periodicals. These laws attempted to prescribe the exact role and function of the press in Communist China, to organize and coordinate all press organs under the direction of a government-controlled administration, and to harmonize the press with the policies and goals of the Communist leadership. A perusal of these regulations reveals there were no exceptions for any publications, public or private, Chinese or foreign.1 This chapter will examine the means by which the editorial policy of the China Weekly Review, and its understanding of the central government’s position on various issues, were brought into closer alignment.