Just this morning (Thursday, June 28, 2012), the New York Times launched their first Chinese language website. The site is called cn.nytimes.com and is intended to “draw readers from [China’s] growing middle class,” who categorized as being “educated, affluent, global citizens.’’
However, the first thought that likely crosses many peoples’ minds when they hear of the Chinese NY Times is that of censorship. How can the NY Times possibly maintain an unbiased and newsworthy publication in a country that utilizes so much censorship of the media and press? Although the NY Times cannot say there will be no censorship, since the Chinese government has such strong firewalls, the Times has stated that this publication will not be tailored to the Chinese government, and in promising such, the Times has explained that it has set up its server outside of China and “the site will follow the paper’s journalistic standards.”
The format of the new paper will include about two-thirds of the articles being translated from the American New York Times version, and and one-third of the paper will be written by Chinese editors and local freelance journalists. Also, it will begin as a free publication.