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Party Propaganda: Tighten Control of the Media in 2011

Shortly after a national conference of the Party’s propaganda chiefs adjourned, a guideline for news reporting in 2011 was passed down through the chain of command. According to the guideline, news reporting should lead public opinion; among other things, it should “eliminate doubt and confusion, and resolve conflicts.” Only central government level media are allowed to report on major disasters and incidents. Reporters outside the region of the disaster or incident may not file reports. The media cannot challenge the relocation of residents. Nor can the media report on suicides, self-mutilation, or massive social unrest in connection with the relocations. “We must strengthen the control of metropolitan media and make sure that the reports do not direct public attention toward Party committees or the government.”

Source: Baidu, January 12, 2011