In Xi’s China, even internal reports fall prey to censorship


              Chinese journalists work behind a work space for Xinhua at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Chinese journalists work behind a work space for China Media Group at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Chinese journalists work near a screen showing content from China Media Group, a grouping of all Chinese state-media, at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Chinese journalists work near an area with a sign for Chinese Mainland Journalists a press conference held on the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Chinese and foreign journalists work at a press conference held on the sidelines of the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Chinese journalists work at a press center for the 20th Party Congress in Beijing on  Oct. 20, 2022. China's ruling Communist Party has long relied on a critically important and secretive internal reference system to learn about issues considered too sensitive for the public to know. But as Chinese leader Xi Jinping tightens censorship and consolidates his rule, Chinese academics and journalists say even this internal system is struggling to give frank assessments. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)