This content analysis of religion news coverage in the People's Daily during a 10-year period (1996–2005) found a more positive tone toward religion after 2001, when a significant policy change was announced by Chinese political leaders. The number of newspaper articles about religion increased steadily. Under-representation of Christianity suggested by previous studies was not found, but a prejudicial tone toward different religions was identified.
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Yao, Q., Stout, D. A., & Liu, Z. (2011). China's Official Media Portrayal of Religion (1996–2005): Policy Change in a Desecularizing Society. Journal of Media and Religion, 10(1), 39-50. doi:10.1080/15348423.2011.549399
Journal of Media and Religion