July 21, 2003
The SARS crisis in China has provided intriguing new evidence on how the use of modern communications
-- particularly internet and mobile technology -- can be used to break down the walls of official secrecy.
China in Focus
Many journalists one meets in China these days say they are trying to extend the limits of what is permissible,
but some are less satisfied than others. Those who resumed or started their career soon after the Cultural Revolution see
a huge improvement since then. "I would never have been allowed to talk to a foreigner like I am doing now - or else
I would have had to report the conversation," says one veteran commentator in Shanghai.