The New York Times had a great piece yesterday about China’s Obsession With Stability Can Come at the Cost of Laws.
The bottom line is that the fear of China falling apart or becoming unstable. So to “protect” the stability of the country the government leaders violate one set of human rights after another.
The NYT article focuses on the legal system. Another way the government actions are actually leading to instability is its control of the media.The bottom line is that people don’t trust what the official media say. They prefer to listen to rumors and gossip sent by mobile phone text or basic word of mouth.
Without a free and independent media, the Chinese people have nothing to resort to other than rumors. And rumors are more destabilizing than a trustworthy press.