Propaganda in China means heavily scripted news conferences

People take smartphone photos as Communist Party delegates participate in a group interview with the media on the sidelines of China’s 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. China’s ruling Communist Party has been touting a new “Party Delegates’ Corridor” as a rare opportunity for reporters to spontaneously raise questions to cadres and officials on the sidelines of a major congress as they pass by at the Great Hall of the People. But the stagecraft that goes into it becomes evident as soon as the speakers are rolled out one by one. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih)


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