» 11/13/2007, 00.00
Chinese media told to avoid negative Olympic coverage
Chinese reporters told not to cover pollution, tainted food, the torch relay and the Paralympics. They should instead try to influence their foreign colleagues with positive stories. Meanwhile authorities are preparing a big foreign journalists database.
For Hu Jintao good propaganda more important than solving problems
President calls on Communist party officials to increase propaganda activities ahead of next summer’s Olympics. The goal is to give the country a positive image, sweeping problems under the carpet. Propaganda Department gears up its censorship functions.
Total media blackout for China’s Olympic athletes
Training camps are placed under armed watch. Athletes and coaches go on long retreats, announce total media blackout. Ostensibly the reason for the silence is to avoid “sport espionage” but most likely to avoid any bad publicity. As usual the public’s right to information is swept aside.
Beijing to censor pessimism in online financial publications
Authorities fear negative commentaries might create social divisions and generate tensions. Brokers are told to maintain silence on markets’ negative trends. Shanghai index loses 58.4 per cent since the start of the year.
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One more Chinese journalist goes missing: he had called on Xi Jinping to resign
Jia was supposed to fly to Hong Kong, but is now missing. No one knows his whereabouts. Two weeks ago, he had posted an open letter to China's president, accusing him of accumulating too much power. Censorship is increasingly resented even among Communists. A former reporter at Xinhua complains about too many banned items, and government departments with too much power, setting “themselves up as the arbiters of public opinion."
Don't look for 'freedom' and 'democracy' on Microsoft's China-based internet portal
Banned words are blocked. Reporters Without Borders slams the authorities' desire to eliminate online press freedom.
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