Propaganda Documentary Silent Contest Deleted
The online release of the purported documentary film
"Silent Contest", produced by the Chinese military,
has been the cause of much controversy.
However, a few days after its release, the film has been
blocked by Chinese mainstream media for unclear reasons,
leading many speculate about the cause.
Some analysts say that it's pressure from strong divisions
among senior levels of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP)
that led the Propaganda Ministry to order that
the video be removed.
Some say that the movie is confidential,
and can only be watched within the military organs.
Without the approval, it cannot be played in the public.
The public say the movie is too absurd, or is even a joke, and
the CCP quickly made it disappear in an attempt to save face.
The Chinese military's National Defense University,
the General Political Security and General Staff Departments,
the Chinese Academy of Social Science and China Institutes
of Contemporary International Relations jointly
launched the film "Silent Contest".
The movie was circulated widely for a few days
and then deleted from the mainstream websites.
It aroused public speculation.
Some analysts say that it resulted from
the CCP's internal struggles.
Some people say that the movie was leaked out
“accidentally” by the military.
The most widespread opinion is that the content of the movie
led to negative public opinion and questioning of the CCP,
forcing the Propaganda Department issues an order to remove
the video from the public arena.
The over 90-minute film has stirred up waves online.
The content has been badly criticized.
Some people described it as "brain-dead", "ridiculous",
"absurd" and "wacko".
Some people even picked up on several typos,
saying that the producer is ironic.
Some netizens call the movie as a comedy masterpiece.
The movie used extremely pointed rhetoric
reminiscent of Mao's Cultural Revolution.
It says that China is being completely infiltrated and
subverted by the US.
The film also classified China's complicated social conflicts,
the CCP officials' corruption, human rights protests,
the spread of Christianity, and people's urging for the launch
of a constitutional government, as a U.S. infiltration conspiracy.
The film condemns the U.S. for allegedly using the means of
bribery and threats to incite Chinese scholars to defect.
The film also says all the mainstream liberal intellectuals
in the society are political traitors, and that these intellectuals
openly published their opinions to oppose the CCP and betray
the country in service of Western interests groups.
Names and photos of well-known Chinese scholars including
Mao Yushi, He Weifang and Xie Yeliang were shown in the film,
provoking dissatisfaction from many intellectuals.
Jing Chu, Guangxi-based internet writer: "These arguments
were likely created by Maoist-leftists.
As they know nothing about democratic values.
They are lying when they claim Chinese officials' corruption
and the people's anger are provoked by the U.S.
Maybe they think they can resolve the country's problems
by shifting them onto the U.S."
A netizen says that the U.S. hopes China can
peacefully enter democracy because undemocratic countries,
like North Korea, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany,
and Japan in the past, all caused serious inhumane disasters.
This netizen suggests Mao Yushi and He Weifang to
sue the film-makers of Silent Contest.
He Weifang, Professor at Law School
of Peking University responded.
He said that a wise nation definitely knows which values
and ideas are really good for them.
He says the wiser just laugh at the groundless claims.
He Weifang says that the Silent Contest is full of Cold War
rhetoric and words meant to incite people.
It demonizes people's expression
of their pursuit for freedom and democracy.
He also says it's extremely ridiculous that the film tells
people that the CCP's corruption, which caused is by lacking
of democratic law, was caused by a U.S. conspiracy.
Not only domestic public opinion, but also foreign news media
questioned Silent Contest.
BBC cited the New York Times saying that "it is not clear if
the video was intentionally released online or somehow leaked."
Radio France Internationale (RFI) says the film's most bogus
claim is that the U.S. subverts the Chinese regime
with the "10 Commandments".
RFI cited a netizen who said that the things spoken of by
the film's narrator cannot be found online,
and can only be seen as a joke and a waste of public money.