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  News to be taken with a inch of salt...

China's media censors merged into the propaganda department

Link Here 22nd March 2018
china compuninist party logoChina is consolidating film, news, and publishing regulation under the powerful Chinese Communist Party propaganda department.

The media shake-up signals tighter media control amid a broad crackdown on news, online content, and film that goes against Party values.

The propaganda body will take on powers over film, news, and publishing, previously held by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television, which was dissolved earlier this month as part of the wider reshuffle.

The Chinese Communist Party is increasingly leveraging cultural products such as movies, rap music, and even video games to promote socialist values, a modernizing push to make sure it avoids falling out of touch with youth.

This has also seen a major tightening over online content from ramped up censorship of microblogs, culls on live-streaming platforms, and regulators criticizing some of the country's top internet firms over content.


  Dressed to amuse...

Chinese censorship of The Shape of Water inspires a meme for recreating cinema scenes with the addition of little black dresses

Link Here 17th March 2018
The Shape of Water is a 2017 USA fantasy romance by Guillermo del Toro.
Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer. IMDb
uncut original censored Chinese version

Uncut original

Censored Chinese version

Chinese audiences are used to censored, clean versions of Hollywood imports involving violence, nudity, sex scenes, or profanity. What Chinese moviegoers are allowed to see in theaters completely depends on the country's film censor, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China (SAPPRFT), which, in the recent release of 2017 Oscar winner The Shape of Water, altered scenes where actors are in states of undress by either adding clothes or else pixellating out the offending details.

According to a Weibo post by movie critic Feng Xiaoqiang CCC, in one scene of the Chinese revised version of the film, the female protagonist, Elisa, is covered in black shadows from her chest to her thighs, whereas in the original, the actress is fully naked with her back facing the camera.

That was my first time seeing this in a Chinese theater. I was stunned, Feng wrote. It almost looks like the actress is dressed in an all-black one-piece swimsuit, and it fits her well.

Some scenes are completely stripped from the movie, such as the opening sequence of Elisa masturbating in her tub and several sex scenes.

To avoid nudity, another method used in the movie is to zoom in the camera on the actress's face while cutting other parts of her body out of the frame.

However, with the removal of a few scenes, the modified version somehow still managed to maintain the same length of 123 minutes as its original. In his post, Feng said that since he didn't notice any replacement footage in the movie, his guess is that SAPPRFT has extended the time for opening or closing credits.

Amused by the fit swimsuit that SAPPRFT forced Elisa to wear, Chinese internet users started to dress characters in other movies to ridicule the prudishness of SAPPRFT.

See these amusing examples in the article from


 Offsite Article: China steps up internet censorship of criticism of Xi Jinping...

Link Here 12th March 2018  full story: Internet Censorship in China...All pervading Chinese internet censorship
chinese long reign And a little humorous criticism seems sure to warrant a police visit

See article from


 Offsite Article: Fake news law...

Link Here 6th March 2018  full story: Press Censorship in Malaysia...Newspapers forced to toe the government line
Malaysia flag All the hallmarks of a new government weapon for suppressing media freedom.

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  Under the carpet law...

Singapore has a proposed law allowing the government to ban reporting from the scene of a terrorist act

Link Here 3rd March 2018
Singapore flagReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the absurd provisions of a bill unveiled this week in Singapore that would prohibit photo and video reporting from the scene of a terrorist attack.

A ban on media coverage is  the main aim of the Public Order and Safety Bill presented by Singapore's home affairs ministry , which would allow the police to enforce a communications stop order.

Journalists and members of the public would face up to two years in prison or a fine of 20,000 Singaporean dollars (15,000 US dollars) if they took photos or video of a terrorist attack or communicated text or audio messages about the ensuing police operations.

Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF's Asia-Pacific desk said:

No one disputes the need for special measures in the event of a terrorist attack, but it is not the interior ministry's job to decided what journalists can broadcast or publish.

By depriving the public of coverage of such grave events, this ban would put the public in danger. This proposed law would be completely counter-productive if the aim of the authorities is to protect the population. But it would be very effective if their aim is to gag independent media.


 Updated: 'N' for No...

China gets even for aggressive in trying to stifle internet debate about a proposal to let the president reign for life.

Link Here 1st March 2018  full story: Internet Censorship in China...All pervading Chinese internet censorship
chinese long reignChinese censors are battling to silence criticism of Xi Jinping's bid to set himself to reign over China for the rest of his life.

The Communist party claim that the move is an acknowledgement of overwhelming support for Xi. However, there has been widespread online push-back in China since it was announced on the eve of an annual political congress in Beijing. So the Chinese censors have ramped up their efforts to stifle discontent with the proposal.

In a blog post, Victor Mair, a University of Pennsylvania China expert, said censors had taken quick, drastic action after the internet was flooded with complaints. For instance the following earch terms have been blocked on Twitter-like Weibo:

  • Ten thousand years, used as a term like Long live!
  • Disagree
  • Xi Zedong, a hybrid of the names of Xi and Chairman Mao Zedong
  • Shameless
  • Lifelong
  • 'Personality cult'
  • Emigrate
  • Immortality
  • the letter N, for unknown reasons, perhaps even a typo

China has also been aggressive in criticising the west for joining in the debate.

king winnieUpdate: The amazing banned memes from China

1st March 2018. See article from

China is having a meme moment and it's driving the censors mad

See article from


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