”China has this goal of establishing a Chinese intranet, removing China from the global internet, and you can see that in this report,’‘ Anne-Marie Brady, expert on China’s propaganda system at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
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China lets slip its web control strategy
JOHN GARNAUT, BEIJING
Source – The Age, published July 14, 2010
THE Chinese Communist Party has detailed its ambitious but secretive strategy for transforming the internet into a force to keep it in power and project ”soft power” abroad.
An internal speech by China’s top internet official, apparently posted by accident on an official website before being promptly removed, outlines a vast array of institutions and methods to control opinion at home and ”create an international public opinion environment that is objective, beneficial and friendly to us”.
”Those efforts provided powerful public opinion support for unifying thinking, consolidating strength, assisting in our diplomatic battles, and safeguarding our national interests,” said Wang Chen, who is deputy director of the Propaganda Department, head of external (foreign) propaganda and also director of the State Council’s Information Office. Read the rest of this entry »