Chinese Comrades Lose Control Of The Media. Might Spell The End Of Their Dominance

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Chinese Comrades Lose Control Of The Media

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Storified by Jim Bob· Fri, Feb 08 2013 03:22:41
Gu Suhua writers from Beijing about dictatorship in both liberal democracy and the Chinese Communist Party. liberal democracies journalists and authors regulate themselves for fear of what might happen and also for self importance whilst in communist China if you say a thing wrong they shut you down at the drop of a hat.
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In China the Internet the commercial value open to the suggestions of party propaganda has meant a much more self regulated society, where people police themselves, bit like they do in that film V. The Party’s mouthpiece, the newspaper The People’s Daily, is losing readers who find it boring and outdated. Young people would rather be dead than seen reading this ideological rag. Since newspapers were blamed for siding with the pro-democracy demonstrators in the run up to the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989 life for journalists became difficult. Not surprisingly, the Party tightened the screws in its control of everything that was published after 1989. Guidance was enforced by daily bans and instructions from the Central Propaganda Department and local propaganda offices. Editors were told what subjects they could report and which were off limits. confrontations between these officials and journalists. The most celebrated was the New Year editorial in the Southern Weekly. It had all been agreed with officials. The media could not be allowed to develop into Special Political Zones. This was a play on the creation of Special Economic Zones in the 1990s which were self-regulating.