Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 1849 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
Quoting alberchico (Reply 4): Since the people's daily is a propaganda rag for the Communist party I assume its China Daily.
Those aren't two separate publications. China Daily is Xinhua's international paper, while the People's Daily is the domestic edition. Xinhua is China's official news agency. The papers aren't bad, by the way. Obviously they tout the official line, but everybody knows that, so you have to take articles on delicate subjects for what they're worth. Other than that, they're an O.K. source of information of how world events are perceived in China, and what's on the country's mind.
As to most widely circulated, I know it's the People's Daily, but I have little knowledge of how it relates to other publications, circulation-wise. Local papers are generally more popular than the People's Daily though. Their quality is very low on the whole. Propaganda is one thing, but on top of that, the articles are badly researched and topics are limited to gossip and irrelevant "scandals".
All in all, the lack of quality journalism in Mainland China is a huge problem for intellectuals and interested citizens, and part of the reason why blogs and online news are so popular.
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deltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 921 times:
Quoting B2443 (Reply 6): man you have no idea of People's Daily. Limited to gossips and scandals? You sure you read People's Daily?
Not to speak for someone else, but it seems to me that he was referencing the local papers there, not PD...though a number of the opinion/political columns on PD are certainly of questionable journalistic quality, often indulging in terribly specious arguments. Based on the limited amount of reading of more domestic Chinese news sources that I've done, I would be inclined to agree that at least to some degree they do seem to feature a disproportionate amount of those "scandal" and somewhat hearsay-style stories.
After some more googling, it appears that "Reference News" is probably the highest by circulation, while the local papers are also quite popular.