In a Race to Shape the Future, History Is Under New Pressure

A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.

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Hu Xijin, Chief of China’s Global Times, Will Retire

Hu Xijin, editor of the Communist Party tabloid Global Times and pioneer of the country’s fiery online posturing, is retiring from his role.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-the-press, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #propaganda, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations

Ahead of Biden’s Democracy Summit, China Says: We’re Also a Democracy

Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-2022, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

‘Where is **?’: Fans in China Elude Censors to Talk About Peng Shuai

She is not the first celebrity to be scrubbed from the internet, but her supporters are finding creative ways to voice their frustration.

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Why Peng Shuai Frustrates China’s Propaganda Machine

Accustomed to forcing messages on audiences at home and abroad, its propaganda machine hasn’t learned how to craft a narrative that stands up to scrutiny.

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How Peng Shuai Went From ‘Chinese Princess’ to Silenced #MeToo Accuser

The tennis star won independence while remaining in Beijing’s good graces. But she has been unable to break through China’s resistance to sexual assault allegations.

#metoo-movement, #china, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #propaganda, #sexual-harassment, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

Zuo Fang, a Founder of China’s Southern Weekly, is Dead

When he helped start Southern Weekly, he charted a course for a freer era for the country’s press, which later became increasingly constrained by Beijing.

#china, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-the-press, #guangdong-province-china, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #southern-weekend-chinese-newspaper, #zuo-fang-1934-2021

China Makes It a Crime to Mock Country’s Heroes

Under a new law, China has zealously prosecuted even the perceived slander of Communist figures, broadening Xi Jinping’s campaign to dominate party orthodoxy.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #cyberspace-administration-of-china, #libel-and-slander, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #social-media, #xi-jinping

China Evergrande Gets Soft Treatment in Chinese Media

Officials want to avert public panic about the property developer’s financial woes. But they also want to send a message to spendthrift corporations.

#beijing-china, #china-evergrande-group, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #social-media

North Korean Soldiers Lie Shirtless on Broken Glass

The country has never been known for its subtlety, and martial-art stunts have long been a mainstay of its propaganda, designed to stoke national pride and instill fear in enemies.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #propaganda, #stunts-and-stuntmen, #taekwondo

Australia Is Still a ‘Free’ Country, Despite Our Covid Lockdowns

Australians have been enlisted as unwitting props in an American culture war.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #desantis-ron, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sometimes Life Imitates Art. William Shatner Is Headed To Space With Blue Origin.

Next week, in a thoroughly modern blurring of reality and fiction, William Shatner will soar to space with Blue Origin. Do you care?

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For China’s Holidays, a Big-Budget Blockbuster Relives an American Defeat

A government-sponsored movie recounting a brutal battle in the Korean War has touched a popular nerve in China at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #movies, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #the-battle-at-lake-changjin-movie, #united-states-international-relations

How Putin’s Propaganda System Keeps Him in Power

The Kremlin’s propaganda system, lurid and spurious, is central to the president’s power. 

#elections, #media, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

China Increasing Rejects English, and Outside Ideas

A movement against Western influence threatens to close off a nation that succeeded in part by welcoming new ideas.

#books-and-literature, #china, #chinese-language, #colleges-and-universities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #education-k-12, #english-language, #language-and-languages, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #united-states-international-relations

Is China Taking a Maoist Turn? An Incendiary Essay Ignites Discussion.

After Communist Party websites shared Li Guangman’s fierce denunciation of private corporations, contention broke out over whether leaders share his views.

#celebrities, #china, #freedom-of-the-press, #li-guangman, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #xi-jinping

How the Taliban Turned Smartphones Into Weapons in Afghanistan

They employed social media to cultivate an image of strength within Afghanistan, while projecting an air of legitimacy to the outside world.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-afghanistan, #propaganda, #social-media, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How the Taliban Can Use Social Media to Tame Afghanistan

In the 1990s, they banned the internet. Now they use it to threaten and cajole the Afghan people, in a sign of how they might use technology to build power.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cellular-telephones, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #mujahid-zabiullah, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #social-media, #taliban, #wireless-communications

‘In the Same Breath’ Review: Wuhan 2019, or When Normalcy Ended

In her latest documentary, the director of “One Child Nation” revisits the pandemic as it unfolded in China as well as in the United States.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #in-the-same-breath-movie, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #wang-nanfu

China’s Communist Party Turns 100. Cue the (State-Approved) Music.

A wave of nationalistic music, theater and dance is sweeping China, part of Beijing’s efforts to improve the party’s image and strengthen political loyalty.

#art, #china, #classical-music, #communist-party-of-china, #dancing, #music, #opera, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #theater, #xi-jinping

‘Red Tourism’ Flourishes in China Ahead of Party Centennial

New and improved attractions dedicated to the Communist Party’s history, or a sanitized version of it, are drawing crowds.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #china, #chinese-nationalist-party-taiwan, #communist-party-of-china, #dalian-wanda-group, #mao-zedong, #museums, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #travel-and-vacations, #xi-jinping, #yanan-china

Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’

South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.

#computers-and-the-internet, #k-pop, #kim-jong-un, #millennial-generation, #north-korea, #propaganda, #smuggling, #south-korea

When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story

The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.

#china, #china-daily, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-federation-of-journalists, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #radio-liberty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #voice-of-america, #xi-jinping

Grim Image of India Prompts Debate Over China’s Swaggering Propaganda

An official social media post contrasting Beijing’s successes with its neighbor’s coronavirus woes drew a backlash from some, who called it callous.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hu-xijin, #india, #international-relations, #propaganda, #social-media

Key Chains and Teddy Bears in Riot Gear: Hong Kong Promotes National Security

The government organized a day of citywide activities, from schools to the police academy, to encourage residents to support a recent national security law.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #propaganda

China’s Covid-19 Vaccination Drive Includes Free Ice Cream

China’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign got off to a slow start. It is now trying to catch up, through a mixture of freebies and the occasional threat.

#beijing-china, #china, #chongqing-china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gansu-province-china, #hainan-island-china, #propaganda, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Taliban Think They Have Already Won, Peace Deal or Not

“We have defeated the enemy.” The international community is scrambling to secure peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban believe they have the upper hand — and are saying as much.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ghani-ashraf, #haqqani-sirajuddin, #khalilzad-zalmay, #propaganda, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How China’s Outrage Machine Kicked Up a Storm Over H&M

The Communist Party’s youth wing and official news outlets used grabby memes and hashtags to start a tsunami of nationalist fury over Xinjiang cotton.

#beijing-china, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #communist-youth-league-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #slavery-historical, #social-media, #sweden, #uniqlo, #xinjiang-china

The Art of the Vladimir Putin Photo Shoot

The Russian president has posed for some new publicity stills amid the snowy Siberian landscape.

#fashion-and-apparel, #photography, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #siberia, #your-feed-fashion

The Intelligence on Russia Was Clear. It Was Not Always Presented That Way.

A newly declassified intelligence report made clear that government agencies long knew of Russia’s work to aid Donald Trump, but he and allies muddied the waters.

#china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #crow-jason, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #grenell-richard, #house-of-representatives, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #pierson-shelby, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Beijing Turned China’s Covid-19 Tragedy to Its Advantage

The Communist Party’s success in reclaiming the narrative has proved to the world its ability to rally the people to its side, no matter how stumbling its actions might be.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fang-fang-author, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #social-media, #wuhan-china

The Chaos in America Is No Gift to Autocrats

China, Russia and other detractors won’t gain from the United States’ pain.

#china, #global-times, #hong-kong, #propaganda, #russia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

The Art of the Lie? The Bigger the Better

Lying as a political tool is hardly new. But a readiness, even enthusiasm, to be deceived has become a driving force in politics around the world, most recently in the United States.

#lying, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

A Year After Wuhan, China Tells a Tale of Triumph (and No Mistakes)

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to hide its missteps have taken on new urgency as the anniversary of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown nears.

#censorship, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #documentary-films-and-programs, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp

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How China Censored Covid-19

Thousands of internal directives and reports reveal how Chinese officials stage-managed what appeared online in the early days of the outbreak.

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China Peddles Falsehoods to Obscure Origin of Covid Pandemic

To push the idea that the virus didn’t come from China, the government has misrepresented experts’ remarks and given dubious theories the veneer of science.

#china, #chinese-academy-of-sciences, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology

Trump’s Fury Feeds Moscow and Beijing Accounts of U.S. Chaos

President Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election resonate on Russian state media. Both Russia and China have painted American democracy as volatile and vulnerable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #democratic-party, #netanyahu-benjamin, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

Buffeted by Trump, China Has Little Hope for Warmer Relations With Biden

Many in Beijing believe that the United States will remain hostile to the country’s rise, regardless of who is president.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations

Is Xi Jinping Too Strong for China’s Good?

Unlike any Chinese leader since 1949, he has no identifiable rivals and no likely successors.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deng-xiaoping, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #guo-shuqing, #hu-jintao, #jiang-zemin, #liu-he-1952, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #ren-zhiqiang, #term-limits-political-office, #trump-donald-j, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping, #yi-gang

As China’s Propaganda Push Continues, Wuhan Emerges as a Star

New television shows have paid tribute to the city where the coronavirus emerged, focusing on residents’ heroism and glossing over official mistakes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #li-wenliang, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #television, #wuhan-china

Chinese Reporters in the U.S. Left Uncertain by Political Spat

Caught in a tit-for-tat battle over the media between the two countries, the worried reporters say they help bring a nuanced view of American life back home.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

What Keeps Facebook’s Election Security Chief Up at Night?

The social media company’s head of cybersecurity policy on “perception hacks” and what it will take to have an authentic election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Trump, Polarization and Damaged Friendships

His corrosiveness has caused friends to lose trust.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #immigration-and-emigration, #impeachment, #labor-and-jobs, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #voting-and-voters, #yamhill-ore

East Germany’s Love Affair With Angela Davis

An exhibition looks back at a point in the 1970s when the philosopher and activist was a state-promoted hero behind the Iron Curtain.

#art, #black-people, #cold-war-era, #davis-angela-y, #dresden-germany, #hamdan-lawrence-abu, #honecker-erich, #jafa-arthur-1960, #propaganda

In Xi’s Homage to Korean War, a Jab at the U.S.

China is commemorating the war with a barrage of nationalistic propaganda. “They smashed the myth that the American military was invincible,” China’s leader said.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #korean-war, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Here Are the Hundreds of Sites in a Pay-to-Play Local News Network

We are publishing the full list so readers can see whether the sites target their area.

#news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #public-relations-and-publicity, #timpone-brian

China Ramps Up a War of Words, Warning the U.S. of Its Red Lines

As the United States and Taiwan draw closer, state propaganda is sending the message that China will go to war if necessary.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xi-jinping

WeChat, Wild Rumors and All, Is Their Lifeline. Washington May End That.

The app has reshaped the experience of Chinese-Americans for the better, but also spreads misinformation and government propaganda.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #discrimination, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #trump-donald-j, #wechat-mobile-app, #xi-jinping

China T.V. Show Praising Coronavirus Fight Sparks a Backlash from Women

A scene from a state-sponsored show extolled men who volunteered but played down women’s contributions. Internet users are calling for the show to be pulled from the air.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #propaganda, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls