Open information system and crisis communication in China.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the role of media and communication at times of public crisis and contends that a modern, open information system is a precondition for good crisis management. It traces evolving policy discourse in Mainland China with a special focus on the relationship between the authorities and media. An overview is provided to contextualize and historicize the contemporary development. By examining a series of critical news events triggered by public crises, especially the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome {(SARS)} epidemic in 2003, it provides a broad assessment of the issues involved in the creation of China's open information system, with regard to both institutional policy-making as well as everyday journalistic practices in reporting the emergent events. Finally, the paper discusses pertinent legislative and regulatory measures in recent years that hold particular importance to state-media relationship during public crises, especially the Emergency Response Law promulgated in June 2007. {ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR}

Author-supplied keywords

  • CRISIS} {communication
  • CRISIS} {management
  • Emergency} Response {Act
  • MASS} media
  • POLICY} {sciences
  • SARS
  • SARS} {(Disease)
  • SOCIAL} sciences
  • media control
  • open {information
  • {CHINA

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  • Lidan Chen

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