China opens socialist journalism teaching centre
BEIJING—A teaching and research center for socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics opened in Beijing on Sunday.
The teaching and research base, a joint project between Tsinghua University and Fudan University, will facilitate the implementation of instructions on news reporting issued earlier this year by the central authorities, accord- ing to Deng Wei, deputy secretary of Tsinghua University’s Communist Party of China Committee.
“We should develop journalism in China with a thorough understanding of the good aspects of journalism in other countries, so that wrong or harmful content can be identified,” said Tong Bing, a professor at Fudan University.—Xinhua on Sunday. The offensive against the towns of Marea and Azaz threatens to overrun the last swathe of territory in the east of Aleppo province held by non-militant rebels and bring IS to the doorstep of the Kurds’ Afrin enclave. At least 29 civilians have been killed since ISIS launched the assault early on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
It came as the militants were under attack by the Kurdish-led alliance in Raqa province further east and by the army and allied militia around Fallujah in neighbouring Iraq. “More than 6,000 civilians, most of them women and children, were able to flee areas in the countryside of Aleppo prov- and north of Aleppo province under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters that Washington regards as the most effective force on the ground in Syria against the militants of ISIS.
Washington’s support for the alliance, which is dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has severely strained relations with NATO ally Ankara which regards it as a terror group. AFP pictures of US commandos wearing the YPG insignia drew condemnation on Saturday from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.—Agencies