Too Much "Negative" News, Or Too Little?

Late last week we wrote about the latest hardline editorial in the Beijing Daily, the official “mouthpiece” of the city-level Party leadership in Beijing, an ideological attack on the concept of “freedom of speech” that singled out “certain commercial newspapers and magazines” in China for exaggerating social and political problems in the country. Over the past few days, the Beijing Daily editorial has sparked a small-scale debate in China’s media about the role of the press. Here we include a translation of one of the more interesting responses, this one a letter written in to Southern Metropolis Daily — no doubt one of the papers Beijing Daily had in mind as a regular trouble-maker.