Can China continue to control the flow of information?
Philippe Cayla has been Chairman and CEO of EuroNews since 2003. A graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Cayla began his career as a civil servant in the Equipment, Industry and Foreign Trade Ministries and as a technical advisor to the French Minister of Foreign Trade, Michel Jobert. From 1985 to 1992, Cayla was the Sales and Finance Director, the Strategy Director and finally the Deputy Managing Director and Strategy Director for Matra-Marconi Space, Europe's largest spacecraft manufacturer and a provider of communications ground terminals, sub-systems for rocket launchers and supplies for the International Space Station. In 1993, Cayla joined Eutelsat, one of the world's leading providers of satellite infrastructure and telecommunications. Cayla began working in television directly in 2000, when he became Director of International Development at France Televisions. At EuroNews he succeeded Stewart Purvis. Ideas recorded at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival on: 7/2/07
Question: Can China continue to control the flow of information?
Philippe Cayla: China is a dictator, as you know. So they behave as a dictator. I think … I think we don’t have to compromise with China. If they make some restrictions, it’s good that we offer the Chinese people the possibility to bypass this restriction as much as we can. It’s a question of democracy. But I think that China’s government is in its right in some sense. The government has a right to do it, but it’s not democratic. And it should be challenged by the west.
Recorded on: 7/2/07
Philippe Cayla of EuroNews says that China is acting within its sovereign rights in preventing information from reaching its citizens, but that the West should do what it can to bypass the Chinese government in the interest of democracy.
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