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Is Chinese Censorship Going Global? From parler

Posted by M. C. on October 29, 2021

The CEO of PEN America asks some compelling questions about China’s influence on free expression worldwide. In a recent Foreign Policy piece, Suzanne Nossel explains how China is “flexing its powers to impose censorship, of hard and soft varieties, beyond its own borders.”

Last month, Lithuanian officials were told to stop using Chinese-made phones after discovering they were programmed to censor hundreds of words and phrases Beijing considers objectionable. News articles sent to China for translation were scrubbed of criticism.
Hand holding a smartphone displaying the Chinese flag map and the word censdored
Most recently, Ma Chun-man became the second to be convicted under the new law. His crime? Chanting phrases like “Hong Kong independence, the only way out” on 20 occasions between August and November 2020.

China’s reach is broad, affecting scientific research, Hollywood, mass media, tech and education. Nossel proposes a three-pronged front to weaken China’s hold, which includes Western governments and democracies working together to prevent Beijing’s “growing sway over thought and expression in their countries.”
Chappelle pushes back… Dave Chappelle has made it clear: he won’t cave to cancel culture. The comedian posted a video of himself addressing an audience about the controversy surrounding his Netflix special.

While addressing the transgender community, Chappelle said, “I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands.”

Chappelle said The Closer was originally invited to every US film festival but was disinvited after it sparked controversy. He gave props to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos — “he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

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The China Hoax, by Godfree Roberts – The Unz Review

Posted by M. C. on April 18, 2019

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. Noam Chomsky.

I was researching Chinese censorship when–irony of ironies–I fell afoul of American censorship, providing an opportunity to update you on the state of the art under both regimes, starting at home, with the recent attempt to frame the President for crimes he did not commit.

Like many attempts to frame people, events and nations–Vietnam, Iraq, 9/11, JFK, Bin Laden–it was a State hoax, a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as truth . An atrocity story sustained by artful censorship and loud, proud, bold and brassy propaganda. An expensive, in-your-face, preposterous conspiracy, sustained for two years at great financial and reputational cost to the nation. Wildly ambitious, batshit crazy and so self-destructive as to boggle the mind, it was one of many propaganda-driven frame-ups, another of which in progress as you read these lines.

It checks all the boxes: big, bold, loud and proud, expensive, in-your-face, a preposterous hoax, daringly ambitious and utterly self-destructive...

I bumped into them following a clue in Ann Lee’s[4] story about “A reporter and friend of Michael Massing,[5] who worked at the Beijing office of The Wall Street Journal, who told Massing that the editors in Washington regularly changed material information and opinions in his articles. Given the twelve-hour time difference, by the time his stories went to press in the West, the editors had replaced all the Chinese interviews with statements from American talking heads who work at think tanks promoting anti-China perspectives.”

Congressional testimony from the CIA’s Victor Marchetti[6] revealed the source of the talking heads’ funding: he told Congress that the Agency provided two hundred fifty million dollars[7] annually, “To The Asia Foundation for anti-communist academicians to disseminate a negative vision of mainland China,” and paid journalists and publishers worldwide[8] to do likewise.

Until two weeks ago my comments on China in mainstream media attracted thousands of responses (one-third angry) from millions of readers and provided priceless exposure for my upcoming book, I hoped. My readership stats climbed steadily until I received an email from Patrice Greanville of the socialist Greanville Post on April 4 with a warning from Google: Read the rest of this entry »

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