The strong hand of the Chinese government has long suppressed bad news. State news organizations often report stories to promote the central government's agenda. But coverage of the Sichuan earthquake indicates that the government may be loosening its grip on the media.
Host Renee Montagne talks to author Alexandra Harney about how the Chinese media are covering the quake.
Harney has written about Asia for more than a decade and was the South China correspondent for the Financial Times.