For some historians, press control in China before and after 1949 represented more historical continuities than ruptures, while many others argue that the differences were both quantitative and qualitative ones. This is one of the issues to be debated in a conference to be held on 4-5 December 2009 under the auspices of the Center for Communication Research and the Department of Media and Communication.
The conference participants will address a range of issues: How was press freedom introduced into modern China? How was it practiced, under what kind of control? How did it collide and collude with goals of modernization and national survival? How different was the press under the Nationalist and Communist eras? Lee said that the revisionist scholarship to be presented will throw fresh light on the essential tension between freedom and constraints, choice and control, and individuals and the nation.