This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.
President Xi Jinping's speech at a recent symposium on news reporting and public opinion has generated discussions across domestic media outlets.
According to Xi, the Communist Party of China's media work should guide the public, serve the country's overall interests, unite the general public, instill confidence and pool strength, as well as tell right from wrong and connect China to the world. Xi delivered the speech following his visits to the People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television, the country's three major news providers.
The People's Daily said in its commentary that Xi had directed the route along which the journalism industry should develop, and provided fundamental principles to follow.
The Overseas Edition of the People's Daily said in an article that Xi's speech has clearly defined the responsibilities and missions of news reporting in a new era.
Meanwhile, Xinhua News Agency published commentaries on three consecutive days expounding Xi's speech, vowing to stick to the Party's leadership and focus on positive coverage.
Xinhua said following the Party's leadership was the fundamental principle for journalism, adding that the Party's leadership over the media would never change despite the development of time and transformation of media patterns.
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A court in Beijing's Haidian district has accepted the lawsuit of a visually impaired man who was suing China Railway Corporation. He is asking for compensation and upgrades to the official train ticket website 12306.cn to make it easier for people like him to buy tickets online.
The man, who asked to be identified only as Chen, said he brought the lawsuit in January, and the court accepted the case a couple of days before the Spring Festival.
The website only provides graphic verification codes, which screen-reading software cannot interpret. Chen said he was unable to buy a ticket online at the end of last year during the Spring Festival travel rush. He had to ask for a day's leave from work and spend 110 yuan, roughly 17 U.S. dollars on taxi fares to buy a ticket at Beijing West Railway Station.
Chen and his lawyer filed the lawsuit against China Railway Corporation, the website's parent company, as well as China Railway Information Technology Center and the China Academy of Railway Sciences, which designed and built the website. He is demanding written apologies, a promise to upgrade the website, payment of his legal fees, the transportation fees and compensation of one yuan.
习近平表示，中国共产党的新闻舆论工作要引领导向、服务大局、团结人民、鼓舞士气、凝心聚力、明辨是非、联接中外 。习近平在前往中国三大主要新闻机构——人民日报、新华社和中央电视台之后发表了以上讲话 。
这里是NEWS Plus慢速英语 。
北京海淀区一家法院受理了一名视力障碍人士起诉中国铁路总公司的案件 。这名视障人士要求铁路总公司进行赔偿，并升级12306火车票官网，方便视障人士在网上购买火车票 。
12306网站只提供图形验证码，因此读屏软件无法识别 。陈先生表示，他在去年年底，也就是春节高峰期间，无法在网上买到火车票 。他只能请了一天假，花110元（约17美元）打车费去北京西站买票 。
因此，陈先生和律师起诉了12306网站所有者中国铁路总公司以及12306网站的设计者中国铁路信息技术中心和中国铁道科学研究院 。他要求三被告向其书面道歉，承诺对12306网站进行改造；承担本案诉讼费，赔偿原告打车费110元和精神损失费1元 。
1. as well as 除…之外；也；还；
例句：It's important for you as well as for me.
2. tell from 区分；辨别；识别；
例句：By feeling we tell what is hard from what is soft.
3. stick to 遵守，坚持（诺言、协议、决定或原则等）；
例句：I hope both of us will stick to the term in the contract.
4. ask for 索要；请求，恳求（给予）；
例句：I have the right to ask for an explanation.
5. a couple of 两个；几个；
例句：She had written him a note a couple of weeks earlier.