Charles Zhang, the CEO of China’s #2 Internet portal said the Chinese government will either have to reduce its censorship policies or not be taken seriously on the world stage.
“Chinese newspapers and television stations completely lack meaningful competition, and have no independent personality … so they have no authority or respect,” Zhang said, according to a transcript of the speech posted on the company’s website.
“If the Wall Street Journal or New York Times report something, the whole world pays attention, and believes it,” he added. “China’s right to speak in the world is totally lacking because it has no media organizations which can win respect.”
Beyond what he said, there is really little need to comment further. I just wonder how much longer he will be allowed in China and how long before pressure is put on Sohu.com.