Qian Sun’s work is a balancing act. After all, the native of northern China works as an investigative journalist in Berlin and for Chinese television. For Phoenix TV, a majority state-owned television station from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, she explains the broad lines of German politics to the Chinese. Things get more nuanced when Sun pursues her work as a freelance investigative journalist, for example when investigating China’s construction projects in Africa. This balance between official narratives and in-depth investigation is not always easy when you come from an authoritarian country like she does, Sun emphasizes: “You really have to think through the risks. Are you willing to put your family in danger?”
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