Tibet is one of China’s most high profile and controversial media issues. I have found it to be a topic that polarizes people and flares emotion. Extreme accusations fly, passionate arguments are used, and fiery language is invoked. Discussions about Tibet often expand to broader assertions about China’s human rights record, censorship in China, and Western bias against China. Inevitably, the media gets blamed for being a propagandist or a mouthpiece, or for distorting the truth.

Addressing all of Tibet’s issues is beyond the scope of this Essay. This Essay focuses on opinions of the media’s portrayal of Tibet from the perspective of someone living in Beijing, and how the media can play a role in improving the situation.

Included in

Law Commons