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Friday, February 19, 2016, 20:28

President Xi visits national news outlets

By Xinhua

President Xi visits national news outlets
President Xi Jinping visits headquarters of People's Daily newspaper in Beijing on Feb 19, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday ordered news media run by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government to strictly follow the Party's leadership.

Speaking in a symposium Friday afternoon after touring China's three leading news providers, the People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television, Xi, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, called Party- and government-run news outlets the "publicity fronts" of the party and the government.

All news media run by the Party must work to speak for the Party's will and its propositions and protect the Party's authority and unity, Xi said.

They should enhance their awareness to align their ideology, political thinking and deeds to those of the CPC Central Committee and help fashion the Party's theories and policies into conscious action by the general public while providing spiritual enrichment to the people, he said.

President Xi visits national news outlets
President Xi Jinping meets with the editors and other staff in the newsroom at the headquarters of People's Daily newspaper. (Photo/Xinhua)

Marxist journalistic education must be promoted among journalists, Xi added, to make them "disseminators of the Party's policies and propositions, the recorders of time, the promoters of social advancement and the watchers of equality and justice."

While visiting the headquarters of the People's Daily, Xi used the paper's new media broadcasting system to extend Lantern Festival greetings to the public.

During his inspection of the general newsroom, the president encouraged staff to continue to improve the quality and reputation of the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

From the broad sheet's new media studio, Xi contacted a staff reporter who is covering poverty relief work in Chixi village in the city of Ningde in east China's Fujian province. He talked with the reporter as well as villagers and officials via videolink.

Xi is a former secretary of CPC Ningde Prefectural Committee and continues to pay close attention to poverty relief progress in the village.

The president praised the commitment shown by locals in Ningde to lift themselves out of poverty, and said he hoped that their lives would continue to improve.

At Xinhua News Agency, the state news agency, Xi visited an exhibition on the agency's history, which covered its development path since it was founded in 1931. On display were an antique radio transmitter and a clockwork dynamo, as well as more cutting-edge devices employed in modern-day news reporting, including a maritime satellite and a drone.

President Xi visits national news outlets
President Xi Jinping visits the headquarters of Xinhua News Agency in Beijing on Feb 19, 2016.

Xi later used Xinhua's remote news reporting command system to talk with an agency correspondent currently reporting from a village in Lankao county, Henan province.

During the conversation, he said that the workstyle of grassroots cadres was integral to the Party's rule and was directly linked to the people's interests. He noted that journalists should undertake more in-depth investigative reporting on this workstyle.

While at Xinhua, Xi was also briefed on the new agency's coverage procedures. After listening to journalists' experience of reporting during the Spring Festival holiday, he encouraged them to be more down to earth in their approach and to report on topics that would interest the public.

At Xinhua's new media newsroom, Xi clicked a "Like" button on the agency's mobile app, extending his appreciation to all Chinese journalists for their diligence.

The final stop on his media tour took Xi to the headquarters of CCTV, the state broadcaster. He visited the control room and made a video call to CCTV's Washington-based North America branch, which opened more than four years ago.

Xi praised the branch for their work and sent his greetings to the staff, 90 percent of whom are Americans.

The president was then shown the studio where CCTV Evening News Bulletin, or "Xinwen Lianbo," is filmed. The program, which is aired at 7 pm everyday, has been running for more than 38 years. Xi gained insight into how the production team make the program, and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence.

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