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    Journalism Ethics 101 in China

    By ANNE MCNEILLY Reprinted with permission from the Centre for Free Expression Teaching a news “ethics” course in the fledgling journalism program at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, proved to be a challenge, given the restraints on freedom of expression now occurring under the regime of President Xi Jinping. It was only April, but I could feel the sweat trickling down my neck in the oppressive heat in Guangzhou – a city of 12 million about two hours north of Hong Kong on the coastal mainland. But the temperature wasn’t why I was sweating. My task was to teach media…

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    Ryerson journalism prof navigates censorship while teaching in China

    By ALLISON RIDGWAY Staff Reporter Ryerson professor Anne McNeilly wasn’t sure what to expect when she travelled to China last spring to teach media ethics and news reporting to first and second-year journalism students. Teaching as a “foreign expert” for two and a half months at one of the oldest universities in the country – Jinan University in Guangzhou – she knew she would have to navigate a very different media environment than the one she was used to. “There are so many ethical situations in media involving freedom of expression and speaking truth to power,” she said, “that it…