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Stability Control: Hubei Party Propaganda Department Had 1,600 People Monitor Internet Postings

Epoch Times, an independent Chinese language news media, revealed a work report from the Hubei Provincial Communist Party Committee Propaganda Department. The report, dated February 15, 2020, was submitted to the Hubei Epidemic Control Command Center.

The report claimed:

  • By February 14, primary media under Hubei’s control had posted nearly 50,000 articles. 25 new media products, including touching stories about the medical staff, construction progress of the Huoshenshan and Leishenshan hospitals, and hospitals releasing healed patients, had over 100 million viewers; a Tik Tok video series on epidemic control was watched 15 billion times; and epidemic-related postings on Weibo were read 32 billion times.
  • Since January 22, the Propaganda Department hosted one news conference every day to proactively release authoritative information. By February 14, it had released 828 “authoritative messages” on Internet media.
  • It has mobilized 1,600 public opinion monitors to monitor all Internet postings around the clock. They found 606,800 sensitive, harmful messages. The department “refuted rumors online,” “struck (rumor creators) effectively offline,” and refuted 1,474 rumors. It submitted requests to the State Network Information Office to delete 54,000 rumors and harmful messages. It also organized Internet celebrities to write 400 commentaries and mobilized people to post 400,000 comments (to counter rumors or harmful messages or to support official viewpoints).
  • A total of 60 foreign news reporters from 33 foreign media came to Wuhan. It successfully convinced 47 to leave.

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The Chinese report can be viewed at: https://i.epochtimes.com/assets/uploads/2020/02/Hubei200215.pdf

Source: Epoch Times, February 18, 2020
https://www.epochtimes.com/gb/20/2/18/n11876354.htm

Hiding Information: Media Not Allowed to Report on Coronavirus Outside of Party Messages

Bitter Winter, a media that focuses on reporting China’s human rights violations, disclosed that a staff member working for a newspaper in Southeast China revealed that the media he worked for was not allowed to report on the coronavirus outside of the Communist Party’s messages.

His company received the notice from the propaganda department a few days after tgovernment locked down Wuhan on January 23, 2020. The notice stated:

News reporters are not allowed to report on or interview about the true picture of the epidemic, including topics such as insufficient hospital beds or suspected cases in the community. Instead, they should only report how the government sent supplies over and organized epidemic control.

All epidemic statistics must use the numbers that the “Novel Coronavirus Control and Prevention Leading Group” released. All articles must follow Xinhua or the Health Ministry’s news conference. Publishing a message that the government has not reviewed will be treated as publishing a rumor.

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Excerpt in Chinese:

據中國東南省份一家報社工作人員匿名報料,繼1月23日武漢因疫情嚴重封城幾天後,其所在單位接到上級宣傳部通知,稱不准記者採訪疫情真相,如醫院床位不夠,社區出現疑似病例等等,只能報道政府如何調配救援物資,如何組織防範疫情等正面消息以及必要的科普宣傳,以安撫民心。

上級宣傳部門還發布指令稱,所有關於疫情的統計數據都必須按照「新型冠狀病毒防控領導小組」發布的為準,每天的稿件必須按照新華社發布的信息或者衛生部召開的新聞發布會的通知,如果發布未經政府相關部門核實的新聞,就按造謠處理。

「在政府的嚴令下,記者不能到醫院採訪,根本掌握不了官方給的數據是真是假。」該工作人員說,「政府為了保密,連區政府、縣政府都沒有統計數字的資格。」

他還透露說,上級宣傳部的通知和規定都是保密的,至於每天發布什麼報道,都是由當地媒體保密員接聽宣傳部的電話收到指令,記在本上,然後形成統一宣傳口徑。

Source: Bitter Winter, February 18, 2020

武漢肺炎爆發維穩是首要 中共封口記者、醫護致疫情失控

Infection Count: Over 230 Staff Members at Wuhan Central Hospital Have Been Infected

About a week ago, China Newsweek reported that, at the Wuhan Central Hospital (武汉市中心医院), where Dr. Li Wenliang worked previously, over 230 staff members were confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus. Among them, 130 were hospitalized and over 100 stayed at home under quarantine.

Since January 2, 2020, the hospital has requested its medical staff not to  discuss the epidemic openly and not to leave any written text or images that could serve as evidence when discussing the epidemic.

Staff members in different departments, including thyroid and breast surgery, urology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, neurology, digestive medicine, and ophthalmology, are infected. Also, many department directors are infected. Dr. Li Wenliang was an ophthalmologist. A deputy director of the Ophthalmology Department is under treatment.

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Resuming Production: Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Sichuan Work on Resuming Production

China’s “Xiao Kang” (Moderate Prosperity) website reported that Zhejiang, Guangdong, and Sichuan provinces are working on resuming production.

On February 16, 2020, Ningbo City, Zhejiang issued an “Opinion” order regarding companies’ to resume work. It encouraged companies to hire more people and each company can receive up to 300,000 yuan (US $43,000) in government subsidies for new hires.

Measured by electricity usage, Zhejiang province has substantially entered the “orderly resuming production” stage.

The three provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Sichuan established a mechanism for the mutual recognition of employees’ health certificates that each province issued.

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Mobile Waste and Animal Corpse Incinerators in Wuhan

China shipped 40 “Mobile Waste and Animal Corpse Disposal Modules” to Wuhan. A manufacturer in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province converted a “mobile medical waste incinerator” to a mobile module that can handle both waste and animal corpses. It could burn 5 tons of waste a day.

Professor Qu Zan from Shanghai Jiao Tong University said that the key to treating medical waste is to kill the virus and the bacteria. The virus cannot live if the module burns the waste at a temperature of 850 Celsius for over two seconds.

According to Xinmin Evening News, a newspaper from Shanghai, each module is of the size of a 20 foot container, with a volume of about 30 cubic meters. It has three parts: a solid waste crushing cabin, an incineration cabin, and a gas purification cabin. It provides mobile disposal solutions for domestic waste, medical waste, and animal corpses.

People, after reading the news, questioned whether it was intended to burn human corpses.

Chinascope did a search on the Internet and found a related report dated 2018 from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Agricultural Committee, Executive Yuan, Taiwan. The report talked about participating in Japan’s “Epidemic Prevention Drill of Mobile Livestock Rendering Facility.” The mobile modules would crush the cow or pig carcass, sterilize the meat slurry, package them into sealed containers, and then send them to the incinerator. Continue reading

Local Government: Xiaogan City, Hubei Province Sealed Residents’ Doors from the Outside

Liberty Times reported that an Internet video showed a scene that was likely to be taken on a street in Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, which had implemented “Wartime Control.”

The video showed that buildings along the street were all sealed from the outside using blocks. People were working on nailing the blocks in place. People watching the video asked how the residents on the inside could escape if there was a fire or how they could go to the hospital if they were infected with the coronavirus.

Local residents reported that, even so, people still managed to get together to play mahjong or cards.

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