Xi Jinping does not miss a chance to show who is in charge. From the army to the internet, from the arts to the economy, the Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party is eager impose on every sector of society his vision of the new China. And this vision is based on a simple principle: the “people” must follow the leadership of the Party, and the Party must follow his leadership.
On February 19 Xi Jinping paid a high-profile visit to CNTV, China‘s state television channel. He visited the control room and the broadcasting studio, took photos with journalists and was connected with the headquarters of CNTV in Washington DC. According to state-owned newspaper People’s Daily, “90% of the staff [of CNTV] were present during the visit, Xi Jinping sent his greetings to the entire crew and wished them all the best”.
The obsequious faces of the TV staff show clearly why more and more young Chinese journalists are giving up on their profession.