Over the course of 10 volumes, and more than 2,000 pages, the series spans 200 BC to 1991, and covers all aspects of journalism in China’s history, including newspapers, periodicals, news agencies, broadcast television, photography, documentary film, and journals.
The History of Journalism presents the development of journalism in China against the backdrop of the major events in China’s history (the first and second Sino-Japanese Wars, the Chinese Civil War, and the Cultural Revolution).
The 10 volumes of The History of Journalism offer unique insights into all aspects of journalism in the entire Chinese-speaking world, from the Mainland to Taiwan to Hong Kong to Macau and to the larger Chinese diaspora.
The author of this series, Fang Hanqi, Professor Emeritus in Journalism, has been called the “Father of China’s Modern Journalism.”
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After the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, Japan had strengthened the Japanization policy enforced in Taiwan, which banned the use of Chinese from newspapers and imposed restrictions on newspaper publishing. By the spring of 1944, there were only six newspapers left in Taiwan: Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpou , Taiwan Shinbun , Taiwan Daily , East Taiwan News , Kaosyun Shinpō , and Xingnan News , among which only Xingnan News was run by Chinese people. On April 1, 1944, the Government General of Taiwan forced Taiwan Shinbun and other four newspapers to be integrated with Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpou , and renamed as Taiwan Shinpou , which was published exclusively. Dōmei News Agency, the official news agency of Japan, was the only agency allowed in Taiwan. The journalism industry of Taiwan had been fully controlled by Japan till Japan’s surrender.