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‘Welcome the 18th Congress’ With More Censorship
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is creating
an atmosphere for the public to ‘Welcome the 18th Congress.’
It organizes reports and performances
to create a festive atmosphere.
CCP is tightening the control over media and internet too,
and bans reports with domestic negative information.
Songs’lyrics on the mainstream TV stations cannot include
hapless words such as ‘dead’ and ‘down.’
Besides, CCP’s propaganda department sends orders
to the media to produce positive reports.
However, international media correspondents
are now asking Beijing to stop blocking news.
Lately‘Happy celebrating of the 18th Congress.’
With such programs they are trying to manipulate
the atmosphere towards happy public opinions.
Other official media follows suit,
starting to air such kind of programs too.
On the other hand, the CCP takes measures
to censor the so called ‘sensitive’information.
It blocks foreign media websites, obstructs foreign reporters
from airing ‘sensitive news,’ it limits the negative reports from the Chinese media and websites.
Deutsche Welle reported on 30 October, that media receive
many requirements about the reports on the 18th Congress.
Almost every day, some related ban
appears on the internet.
As CCP’s propaganda regards these bans confidential,
normally no media people are willing to talk about it.
However, sometimes they release such information
through their microblogs.
Yet, the ban is only on domestic negative reports, as CCP
encourages Chinese media to report on overseas bad news.
CCTV sent many reporters to US for the hurricane Sandy –
a strong contrast with the media silence on Ningbo’s protests.
Commentator Xing Tianxing: “It (CCP) tries to use this,
to make the outside world believe that the Chinese people like the CCP, so their ruling position is legitimate.
It brainwashes the public,
as well as the international media.
However, if CCP finds the international reports not being
in line with their requirements, the news will be blocked.”
After Ningbo’s protests, netizens found that the names of its
secretary, mayor, public security chief were not searchable.
The New York based Reporters Protection Committee
issued a statement on 29 October.
It points out that during the change of the CCP’s leadership,
news blockage and suppression of reports do not look good.
The statement gives examples with the protests
against the chemical projects in Ningbo.
The British’ Sky news crew there was taken away forcibly
by the police; and the AFP reporters were detained shortly.
The statement also says, in June, US’ Bloomberg report was
blocked after reporting on Xi Jinping’s family great wealth.
In May, China’s Foreign Ministry refused to reissue visa
to Al Jazzeera’ English reporter, forcing her to leave China.
Hu Liyun, Hong Kong Journalist Association president:
“It is illegal and against the law to hinder media from interviewing and reporting.
What do the media people do?
They simply report the truth. So why try to block them?
There cannot be legitimate reasons, and the only reason is
that they (the CCP) are afraid, they do not want the public to know what is happening."
On the other hand, CCP internet news released information
on the new ‘CCP government leading cadres database.’
It has collected more than 1600 CVs
of current leading cadres.
Reports say the information is very simple in this database,
including only names, gender, age, time of joining the CCP, qualifications and positions.
Xing Tianxing: “It (CCP) comes up with such information
of leading cadres during the 18th Congress only as a response to the long-term public call to disclose such data.
This is just temporary though. They will in fact not disclose
information that the public wants to see on the internet.
So far there are just names and dates, the public do not care
about this. And the qualifications are probably fake, anyway."
Netizen Zhu Jingkui said, it is useless to check
Can anybody from the public check their wealth,
like properties, assets, deposits, antiques, etc.?