Did you hear about the 2013 World Media Summit in Hangzhou, China? Chances are no, unless you’re an avid reader of Chinese media.
Although this year’s edition featured execs from The New York Times Company, AP, Reuters, the BBC, Al Jazeera Media Network, NBC News and others, there is scant international coverage. Something David Bandurski, editor of the University of Hong Kong’s China Media Project, considers rather amazing:
One of the things I find most incredible is that there are virtually no news reports of the event anywhere outside China. This is an international summit about media, hosted by a country that has an abysmal record this year alone on media and information (including the crippling of Sina Weibo, its most vital media platform), and no one wants to talk about it.