The Chinese local newspaper, in particular, has been under intense pressure from the government to refrain from critically reporting on issues that pertain to the environment. Bans are imposed with the claim that it is for the national as well as the security interest of the nation. In 2005 Yang, an expert of the media and environment in China indicated that environmental NGOs together with their environmental campaigns have had one of the favorable spells in the Chinese local newspaper since the mid-1990s when they emerged. A close relationship has since emerged from the environmental NGOs and conventional media. The existing relationship has also incorporated various green NGOs that are spearheaded by former professional journalists. The tie between the NGOs and the media is further enhanced by the fact that the environmental NGOs are part and parcel of the source of the news and at the same time, the environmental NGOs rely on the media to apply more pressure on the government (Redclift, 201, p.The internet has played a crucial role in expanding the existing room for the free media over the past decades. The state, however, has a hand in the present internet affairs. Chinese environmental NGOs have embraced the internet as a tool through which they can use to spread vital environmental information throughout the country. The internet is mainly preferred by the environmental activist because of the numerous restrictions and barriers that have been placed in other type’s media that operate in China. Over a half environmentalist, NGOs in China have established their own websites that comprise of bulletin boards, environmental information, and internet campaigns. The Magnitude of the internet and a type of media used in spearheading environmental issues is further indicated by the fact that some environmental activist groups such as Greener Beijing and the Green-web are not registered but still practice through the web. It is through the web that these environmental NGOs mobilize volunteers, establish discussion groups, and organize campaigns as well as other activities.
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