Snow has become a tool for Chinese Communist Party foreign propaganda: daughter says father does not support suppression of journalists

Before the Communist Party’s centennial celebration, Edgar Snow, the American journalist who wrote “The Red Star Shines in China,” was mentioned several times, saying that he wanted to find a new era of Snow and report on China correctly. But Snow’s daughter recently wrote to the media, saying that her father believed in truthful reporting and would not support the Chinese government’s policy of suppressing journalists.

According to a report by the Central News Agency today, Edgar Snow, an American journalist who was mentioned several times before the Communist Party’s centennial celebration, was invited to Yan’an and talked with Mao Zedong until late at night every day. But Snow’s daughter recently said that her father would not support China’s policy of cracking down on journalists.

Snow, an American journalist who went to China to cover the Chinese Communist Party, has been brought up again this year under the theme of “telling China’s story.

According to the report, during the Yan’an period, the Chinese Communist Party invited foreign journalists to visit China as a way to make their voices heard, and Snow was one of them. He later wrote his book “The Red Star Shines in China,” which is considered one of the most influential contemporary introductions of the CCP to the West. In June, China Daily, an English-language newspaper sponsored by the CPC Central Propaganda Department, announced the establishment of a “New Era Snow Studio” to present a real, three-dimensional and comprehensive China to the international community and to better tell the story of China and the Chinese Communist Party to the outside world.

However, while the Chinese Communist Party is making great efforts to publicize Snow’s experience, Snow’s daughter Sian Snow wrote to the New York Times on the 12th with the title “How My Father Covered China”, responding to the newspaper’s report “What Signal Did Xi Jinping’s ‘July 1’ Speech Send” published on the 2nd. What signal did Xi Jinping’s July 1 speech send? In the letter, Sean stressed that “anyone who thinks Snow would support the current Chinese government’s policy of cracking down on journalists either has no understanding of the true meaning of his work or is trying to use him for their own ends.

Such activities (promoting Snow’s experience) have been interpreted as calls to cover only positive news about China, avoid criticism of the country, and have prompted some to believe that Snow’s close ties to Mao have compromised his independence, Seane said in the article. In reality, she stressed, Snow believed in free, independent and truthful reporting. He repeatedly confronted the domination, falsification or censorship of his work by others, whether it was Chiang Kai-shek, Joseph McCarthy, Stalinist officials in Moscow, or Chinese and U.S. officials in the Cold War.

Earlier this year, according to the Central News Agency, many foreign media were scheduled to travel to Yan’an to cover the “red story” after Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed a party-wide education campaign on party history. In March, during China’s National People’s Congress, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted in an interview with the media that “Snow is not a communist, but when he talks about the Chinese Communist Party, he does not have ideological bias, he tells the facts and remains objective”; and in an interview with the Associated Press in April, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said. “My friends in the media, I hope you will all become the Snow of the new era.”