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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[…]

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.

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