Media pas­sages show two ses­sions are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly open

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 11 Comment Editorial • Opinion -

ON SATUR­DAY, the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee, the na­tion’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, com­menced its an­nual ses­sion, and on Mon­day, the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the na­tion’s top leg­is­la­ture, be­gins its ple­nary ses­sion. This year, there are pas­sages where NPC deputies and CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee mem­bers can be in­ter­viewed by the media be­fore they en­ter the con­fer­ence halls. Beijing News com­ments:

Ev­ery year, jour­nal­ists have a lot of ques­tions to ask the leg­is­la­tors and po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers. How­ever, they have to dis­cuss, vote or raise their opin­ions to the lead­er­ship, so they have lit­tle time for the media, and jour­nal­ists often find it hard to con­duct in­ter­views with them.

This is also true for min­is­ters who at­tend the two ses­sions. Yet the prob­lem has been solved cre­atively: A pas­sage­way has been cre­ated in front of the media that’s about 100 me­ters long, along which min­is­ters ac­cept in­ter­views. Since 2008, the two ses­sions news cen­ter has in­stalled mi­cro­phones along the pas­sage­way where jour­nal­ists can do group in­ter­views with each min­is­ter for about 5 to 10 min­utes. That’s the so-called “min­is­ters’ media pas­sage”.

This year, the news cen­ter has moved a fur­ther step for­ward by open­ing sim­i­lar media pas­sages for NPC deputies and CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee mem­bers. On Satur­day, 11 CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee mem­bers, in­clud­ing astro­naut Yang Li­wei and sci­en­tist Pan Jian­wei, ac­cepted in­ter­views and shared in­for­ma­tion about the de­vel­op­ment of China’s space pro­gram and its quan­tum satel­lite with jour­nal­ists.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the media pas­sage for NPC deputies will open on Mon­day and more than 10 deputies are ex­pected to ac­cept in­ter­views there on the first day.

The cre­at­ing of the media pas­sages is the best ev­i­dence that the two ses­sions are in­creas­ingly open. More im­por­tantly, the media pas­sages pro­vide a plat­form where leg­is­la­tors and po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers can in­ter­act with the media and an­swer peo­ple’s con­cerns. That also shows the peo­ple’s democ­racy in China is con­stantly im­prov­ing.

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