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  1. Comment - Blogs

    Beijing orders its 2.06 million 'propaganda workers' to get microblogging

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 10:09am by John Kennedy

    ... plans which place microblogs firmly at the centre of propaganda efforts. Those in attendance, the newspaper writes, were told by Beijing propaganda chief and deputy mayor Lu Wei to mobilise the city's combined force of over 2 million propaganda workers in opening accounts on microblog sites to spread  "positive energy" , a mission described in the report as the guidance ...

  2. Microblog sites punished after coup rumours

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... on microblog posts after rumours ran rife about a military coup in Beijing in the aftermath of the sacking of the former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai. The authorities also shut a dozen websites ... were detained. Sina and Tencent, the mainland's two biggest portals for Twitter-like microblogging services, were punished for having a large number of postings related to the rumours. ...

  3. Microblogs become crucial state tool

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com Mainland government agencies and officials have caught microblog fever, with the number of government related accounts rising threefold since the beginning of this year. The number of governmentrelated weibo accounts on Sina.com, the most popular microblogging service on the mainland, has reached nearly 20,000. This includes more than 10,000 ...

  4. News - China - CHANGING FACES

    'Micro-novelist' Chen Peng blogs about life in Beijing

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... in as an everyday white-collar worker in Beijing. But in the online jungle that is the Chinese microblogging community, this 25-year-old from the northern province of Shanxi has made a name for himself ... limit for microblog posts, Chen writes about the joys and pains of living in the nation's capital. How did you start writing "micro-novels"? I graduated from a military college ...

  5. Beijing municipality embraces weibo fad

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing ed.zhang@scmp.com It would be 'unthinkable' for the central government to close down all of the country's Twitter-like microblogs, or weibo, however ... of the capital city's information office. 'So many people are using weibo [the Chinese name for 140-character microblogs], and they all love using them.' This was because weibo ...

  6. A new Orwellian euphemism for stifling online dissent

    Posted Oct 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Security' is a suitably Orwellian euphemism that expresses the party's fear of microblogs, in particular Weibo, the mainland's version of Twitter. Comments appearing on it are often ... officials, the 200-million-plus Weibo users are mostly unimpressed by their leaders. Worse, microblogs are now so omnipresent that even the tame traditional media have been forced to pick up ...

  7. News - China - SOCIETY

    Gay couple defy family to hold wedding party in Beijing

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... with their wedding ceremony at a Beijing restaurant on Wednesday despite family opposition. Photos uploaded onto their microblog late on Wednesday night showed the couple, one in a black tuxedo and the other ... previous marital status or how they met. He updated the couple's microblog with a countdown to the banquet and had planned to broadcast the ceremony via V6.cn a mainland-based video-sharing ...

  8. Foreigners in need of reassurance

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... microblogs. Then, the most visible presenter on CCTV's main English-language channel launched an online tirade against 'foreign scum'. The apprehension is perfectly understandable, ... like CCTV's high-profile face in English, presenter Yang Rui, post views on his microblog that could readily be perceived as racist. That words criticising the government are instantly ...

  9. Locke calls daily's bluff by declaring his assets

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... by a Communist Party mouthpiece in Beijing. The Beijing Daily's demand, in a microblog posting on Monday that has since been removed, appears to have been an attempt to silence growing calls to make ... embassy in Beijing and its consulate in Shanghai released details of Locke's monthly salary and personal assets on their mainland microblogs yesterday morning- along with the salary levels ...

  10. News - China - WEATHER

    Early winter snowfall in Beijing breaks records

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... I still have no idea when I can get moving," a stranded Hebei Television reporter wrote on a Sina microblog around noon yesterday. More than 70 bus lines, most of them serving mountainous ... microblog. An estimated 15,000 trees were damaged in Yanqing and Haidian districts. In the worst-hit part of Yanqing, where snow drifts reached 47cm, more than 7,000 homes lost power and 1,800 lost ...




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