People's Daily

N Korea joke slips over China's Great Firewall

A screenshot taken from the <i>People's Daily Online</i> on Tuesday.

How did a spoof article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un being the sexiest man alive end up as a real news item in China? Turns out it was a case of Chinese whispers in the digital age.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 9:09pm

Briefs, November 28, 2012

Executive Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said China and the US have "big" potential for co-operation and should break "unreasonable" business barriers. 

28 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

China’s party paper falls for Onion joke about Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un riding a horse as he inspects the training ground of a horse riding company under the Korean People's Army. Photo: AFP

The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the “Sexiest Man Alive” — not realising it is satire.

27 Nov 2012 - 10:35pm

China’s party paper falls for 'Sexiest Man Alive' joke about Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the training ground of a horse riding company under the Korean People's Army Unit 534 in North Korea. Photo: AFP/KCNA via KNS

The online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper has treated seriously a satirical report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as the “Sexiest Man Alive”, running a 55-page

28 Nov 2012 - 10:12am 1 comment

Colloquial web jargon in People's Daily raises eyebrows

People's Daily's Beijing office. Photo: Reuters

Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily raised eyebrows this month when it used web jargon in commentaries to reflect the challenging social problems facing China, ahead of the 18th party congress.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Talking Points

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange supporters must pay bail money

6 Nov 2012 - 2:26am

Briefs, November 2, 2012

New editor-in-chief for People's Daily

2 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

Newspapers divided in their enthusiasm over Nobel for Mo Yan

Chinese writer Mo Yan. Photo: AP

When Mo Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday, China Central Television broke into its usually well choreographed main 7pm news bulletin to report the announcement.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:27am

People's Daily calls for the arrest of radical leftist 'traitor beater' [UPDATED]

Han Deqiang (L) and his 80-something-year-old verbal opponent

The Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper responds to public fears of China's far left.

4 Oct 2012 - 12:55pm

Former People's Daily chief editor Hu Jiwei sought Tiananmen vindication

Hu Jiwei, the ex-editor who fought censorship. Photo: SCMP

Hu Jiwei, a former People's Daily chief editor and one of the most vocal advocates for political reform, made vindication of the Tiananmen protest movement his dying wish. He died on Sunday, one day after his 96th birthday.

18 Sep 2012 - 3:58am

People’s Daily hints at anti-Japan sanctions

A protester in Wuhan, central Hubei province, jumps on a Japanese flag during mass demonstrations on Sunday. Photo: AP

The mouthpiece of China’s Communist Party warned on Monday that Japan’s economy could suffer for up to 20 years if Beijing chose to impose sanctions over an escalating territorial row.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

Propaganda players lost the plot a bit this week

Perhaps it's a sign that China's propaganda regime has grown too large when its different parts start fighting each other.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

A wake-up call for the environment

Increasing environmental awareness and militancy is testing mainland authorities' efforts to maintain stable development and social harmony ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership change. Twice within a month violent protests that would have been put down in the past have resulted in officials backing down.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Better late than never for a stirring echo from the past

Official media don't usually mess up important dates. So, why was Deng Xiaoping's call for reform in Shenzhen in January 20 years ago being remembered so fondly last week?

Maybe some media managers wanted to time the activities for closer to the annual session of the National People's Congress, which starts in Beijing in a week.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Quotes of the Week

They get enough money from government. Maybe the reason the newspaper plans to charge is because they never need to worry about subscribers boycotting them over the fee

Mainland journalist Xu Wei, commenting on a plan by People's Daily to charge for its online version, a move which assumes it has (enough) subscribers

2 Jan 2010 - 12:00am