china’s media rules during the olympics…

I don’t normally discuss politics on my blog, but this is an exceptional case.
The following is an illustration of the communist regime in China.
The article is from The Age yesterday.


The propaganda bureau’s 21-point plan
• August 14, 2008

1. The telecast of sports events will be live [but] in case of emergencies, no print is allowed to report on it.

2. From August 1, most of the previously accessible overseas websites will be unblocked. No coverage is allowed on this development. There’s also no need to use stories published overseas on this matter and [website] operators should not provide any superlinks on their pages.

3. Be careful with religious and ethnic subjects.

4. Don’t make fuss about foreign leaders at the opening ceremony, especially in relation to seat arrangements or their private lives.

5. We have to put special emphasis on ethnic equality. Any perceived racist terms as “black athlete” or “white athlete” is not allowed. During the official telecast, we can refer to Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei”. In ordinary times, refer to Taiwanese athletes as “those from the precious island Taiwan…..” In case of any pro Taiwan-independence related incident inside the venue, you shall follow restrictions listed in item 1.
6. For those ethnic Chinese coaches and athletes who come back to Beijing to compete on behalf of other countries, don’t play up their “patriotism” since that could backfire with their adopted countries.

7. As for the Pro-Tibetan independence and East Turkistan movements, no coverage is allowed. There’s also no need to make fuss about our anti-terrorism efforts.

8. All food safety issues, such as cancer-causing mineral water, is off-limits.!!!!

9. In regard to the three protest parks, no interviews and coverage is allowed.

10. No fuss about the rehearsals on August 2,5. No negative comments about the opening ceremony.

11. No mention of the Lai Changxing case.

12. No mention of those who illegally enter China.

13. On international matters, follow the official line. For instance, follow the official propaganda line on the North Korean nuclear issue; be objective when it comes to the Middle East issue and play it down as much as possible; no fuss about the Darfur question; No fuss about UN reform; be careful with Cuba. If any emergency occurs, please report to the foreign ministry.

14. If anything related to territorial dispute happens, make no fuss about it. Play down the Myanmar issue; play down the Takeshima island dispute.

15. Regarding diplomatic ties between China and certain nations, don’t do interviews on your own and don’t use online stories. Instead, adopt Xinhua stories only. Particularly on the Doha round negotiation, US elections, China-Iran co-operation, China-Aussie co-operation, China-Zimbabwe co-operation, China-Paraguay co-operation.

16.Be very careful with TV ratings, only use domestic body’s figures. Play it down when rating goes down.

17. In case of an emergency involving foreign tourists, please follow the official line. If there’s no official line, stay away from it.

18. Re possible subway accidents in the capital, please follow the official line.

19.Be positive on security measures.

20. Be very careful with stock market coverage during the Games.

21.Properly handle coverage of the Chinese sports delegation:
A. Don’t criticise the selection process
B. Don’t overhype gold medals; don’t issue predictions on gold medal numbers; don’t make fuss about cash rewards for athletes.
C. Don’t make a fuss about isolated misconducts by athletes.
D. Enforce the publicity of our anti-doping measures.
E. Put emphasis on government efforts to secure the retirement life of athletes.
F. Keep a cool head on the Chinese performance. Be prepared for possible fluctuations in the medal race.
G. Refrain from publishing opinion pieces at odds with the official propaganda line of the Chinese delegation.

3 Responses to “china’s media rules during the olympics…”

  1. Hmm… I know there is a lot of criticism of China, particularly since in the months leading up to the Olympic Games (and since they have started), but it seemed like… most of the world didn’t really care about Communist China before the Olympics. Of course there would always be those individuals who would protest for a Free Tibet, etc, etc but this is just a demonstration of how powerful the Media can be. Not only in China, with all their propaganda regarding media restrictions, but the world. All of a sudden, criticism of China has shot way up the list of people’s agenda. Sigh, Agenda Setting.

    But good on China for trying their best to make a perfect Olympics. 😀

    Oh Chloe, if only you made a post on this whole Russia/Georgia invasion thing, and the absolutely stupid and hypocritical things that America are saying in regards to that (e.g. “In the 21st Century, countries do not invade other countries…” you fucking idiots, what do you think you are doing?!)
    I could go on for hours.

  2. china, georgia, media.

    haha oh please dont start me on the russia/georgia thing. i refrained from writing about it for my public relations letter about something in the media (and instead wrote on fake tan ha ha) because i knew id just get angry and sound like a freak.

    i think with the china thing, they were not in the media a lot because everything is so freakin strict. but now the olympics has given the reason an excuse to enter the country, and find out more about it, and of course it is on the media agenda at the moment.

    gosh being bombarded with media talk 24/7 because of uni, and it still intrigues me about the whole media agenda thing, and how they control what people think about issues. but i guess its not a bad thing, as they do do their best to present both sides of the story, as that is what i am taught in journalism, but in the end we wouldnt know about half these things if the media did nothing. hmmm.

    i hope you get what i mean through all that rambling, ive been in essay mode all afternoon/ evening and im starting to babble haha. my mind is going to jelly.

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