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Every legally registered publication in China is subject to review by a censor, sometimes several. Some expat publications have entire teams of censors scouring their otherwise innocuous restaurant reviews and bar write-ups for, depending on one's opinion of foreigners, accidental or coded allusions to sensitive topics. For example, That's Shanghai magazine once had to strike the number 64 from a short, unrelated article because their censors believed it might be read as an oblique reference to June 4, 1989, when the Chinese government bloodily suppressed a pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. Many Chinese-run publications have no censor at all, but their editors are relied upon to know where the line falls -- i.e., to self-censor.
Business content is not censored as strictly as other areas in China, since it seems to be understood that greater openness is needed to push the economy forward and it doesn't necessarily deal with the political issues Chinese rulers seem to find the most sensitive. English-language content isn't censored as much either, since only a small fraction of the Chinese population reads English. (As foreigners reporting on non-sensitive subjects in English, we could worry much less about the dangers -- threats, beatings, jail time -- that occasionally befall muckraking Chinese journalists.) And, in the beginning, most of Snow's edits were minor enough that we didn't feel compromised. We couldn't say that a businessperson came back to China from the United States after "Tiananmen," but we could say "June 1989," knowing that our readers knew the significance of the month. We couldn't say "the Cultural Revolution" but could write "the late 1960s and early 1970s," to allude to then Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong launching his disastrous campaign that sent millions of intellectuals to the countryside. Writing that a company planned to expand into "foreign markets like Taiwan and Korea" was forbidden because it suggested that Taiwan was a separate country from China, but we could say "overseas markets," since, according to Snow, Taiwan literally is over a body of water from the mainland.
Originally posted by Expat888
and ? in the west media censors events all the time ... speach is curbed by political correctness and government newspeak .... clean up your own house before condemning others houses...
BEIJING, CHINA: Author Jin Song is relishing the challenge of beating China's army of censors and posting comments online about the country's impending leadership change, the first in the social media era. Referring by name to the 18th Communist Party congress, set to begin next Thursday, can be difficult.
One of Jin's posts on the subject was deleted and he received a message saying "system managers" had removed it. The trick is to find similar-sounding words in Chinese when writing on the heavily policed but hugely popular "weibo" sites such as Sina Weibo, a microblog akin to Twitter, which is banned along with Facebook and YouTube. Substituting homophones for political catchwords is second-nature to Chinese netizens, who poked fun at President Hu Jintao's call for social "harmony" by posting about "river crabs", a term that sounds similar to harmony in Chinese.
The misconceptions of the West, The propaganda, and manipulation of its Press will always be part of China. I personally believe, it will never change.
We take for granted, what freedoms we have in the West, and in America. Imagine having everything you hear, everything being written, censored to some extent?
In China, not so much.
Originally posted by TKDRL
We have those here too. We just call them editors. Here at ATS we call them moderatorsedit on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 01:31:37 -0600 by TKDRL because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by sonnny1
Not really, the editor is the guy who decides what stories are run, and what stories go into the trash bin, correct? Maybe I am thinking of the wrong title? Let me make sure I got that much right before pushing on to my next point.edit on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 02:26:12 -0600 by TKDRL because: (no reason given)
Censorship in the People's Republic of China (PRC) is implemented or mandated by the PRC's ruling party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). Notable censored subjects include but are not limited to, democracy, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Falun Gong, ethnic independence movements, corruption, police brutality, anarchism, gossip, disparity of wealth, food safety, pornography, news sources that report on these issues, religious content, and many other websites.
Censored media include essentially all capable of reaching a wide audience including television, print media, radio, film, theater, text messaging, instant messaging, video games, literature and the Internet. Chinese officials have access to uncensored information via an internal document system. Reporters Without Borders ranks China's press situation as "very serious", the worst ranking on their five-point scale. China's Internet censorship policy is labeled as "pervasive" by the OpenNet Initiative's global Internet filtering map, also the worst ranking used. Freedom House ranks the press there as "not free", the worst ranking, saying that "state control over the news media in China is achieved through a complex combination of party monitoring of news content, legal restrictions on journalists, and financial incentives for self-censorship."[4
Originally posted by SplitInfinity
reply to post by sonnny1
To get a true gauge upon what the Chinese think of their Countries Leadership...all one has to do is look at the Millions of Chinese who pierced Government Internet Filters to get Real Time coverage of the U.S. Election. How many Americans were trying to watch the Chinese Communist Party picking their New Leaders? OH! WAIT! I forgot. Even the Chinese People can't watch THAT! LOL! Split Infinity