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Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

Posted By admin On September 17, 2013 @ 4:53 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Tania Branigan
London Guardian [1]
September 17, 2013

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb “wanton defamation” of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.

It came as the Chinese state broadcaster aired video footage of the handcuffed businessman Xue Manzi, also known as Charles Xue, confessing that he had irresponsibly spread rumours because his 12 million microblog followers made him feel like an “emperor” [2].

While China has repeatedly attempted to rein in the country’s boisterous social media, a leading internet activist described the wide-ranging crackdown on dissent as unprecedented.

“In their eyes, the internet is out of control now and it has become a tool to reduce their political base, and subvert the ideology of the government,” said Wen Yunchao. “This campaign includes the crackdown on ‘big Vs’ [verified microblog users with many followers] and inner rectification [of the Communist party]. It is a brutal and astute plan … At present, people do not talk.”

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/chinese-communist-party-online-crackdown

[2] made him feel like an “emperor”: http://news.163.com/13/0915/00/98P8QHIO00014JB5.htm

[3] Chinese prime minister censored by Communist party: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chinese-prime-minister-censored-by-communist-party.html

[4] China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-urges-end-to-cancer-of-online-rumours.html

[5] Chinese Communist Party Mouthpiece Demands Obama Disarm Americans: http://www.prisonplanet.com/chinese-communist-party-mouthpiece-demands-obama-disarm-americans.html

[6] Up to three years in prison for Chinese internet users who spread rumours: http://www.prisonplanet.com/up-to-three-years-in-prison-for-chinese-internet-users-who-spread-rumours.html

[7] UK Web Censorship Filter Controlled by Communist Chinese Front Company: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-web-censorship-filter-controlled-by-communist-chinese-front-company.html

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