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  • Aug 22, 2014
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Promotion of former anti-graft chief Wu Guanzheng's book prompts questions

A book by a former head of the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog has become a bestseller on the mainland thanks to propaganda portraying its author, Wu Guanzheng, as an outstandingly clean and honest role model.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 6:50am 1 comment

Chinese editorials flay study that showed domestic baby formula safe

Many mainlanders saw the recent announcement by the China Dairy Industry Association that domestic milk powder is better than imported products as nothing more than propaganda.

7 May 2013 - 4:24pm 1 comment

Media reports of premier's visit to Sichuan quake zone show propaganda grip

The People's Daily published a lengthy feature online yesterday detailing how Premier Li Keqiang took command of rescue operations for the Sichuan earthquake , over the past 10 days, and analysts said it appeared to be part of a well-planned propaganda push to cast the nation's new leadership in a positive light.

2 May 2013 - 4:24am 2 comments

Xi will be pushed to make good on his China Dream

Ruling elites almost everywhere - whether in democracies or in authoritarian regimes - believe that clever sloganeering can inspire their people and legitimise their power. There are, of course, crucial differences. In functioning democracies, government leaders can be held accountable for their promises: the press can scrutinise their policies, opposition parties are motivated to show that the party in power lies and cheats. As a result, incumbents are frequently forced to carry out at least some of their promises.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

How reality has pierced through China's 'happiest 30 minutes' on television

Mainland internet users sarcastically dubbed China Central Television's (CCTV) nightly prime-time newscast, Xinwen Lianbo, the "happiest 30 minutes" on television, but there are now fewer smiles than before.

4 Apr 2013 - 8:52am 1 comment

Time for Beijing to stop its media propaganda

The "transcript" of an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser of US president Jimmy Carter, was published in the People's Daily's English-language online edition. I put "transcript" in quotation marks because, as it turns out, it was not a full account of what Brzezinski said. His praise of China was published in full but his most critical remarks were left out.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am 9 comments

Lei Feng's spirit of serving others has lost its appeal

Keeping a diary about one's "good deeds" each day was shared homework for many pupils born in the 1980s. These assignments were given because teachers wanted to encourage their students to be like Lei Feng, a revolutionary who died aged just 21 in 1962 and was later hailed by the government as the poster boy for selflessness and being a model citizen.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:52am 2 comments

North Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames

The video came with a series of Korean-language captions, arguing that North Korea had been forced into conducting its latest nuclear test by US hostility. “The North’s high-level nuclear test aimed at US invaders, is the nuclear deterrent to safeguard our sovereignty,” one caption read.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea removes Call of Duty copycat video game from YouTube

The video was "taken down by the user" after the complaint was filed by US-based Activision, the publisher behind the blockbuster military shooter video game franchise.

9 Feb 2013 - 5:29am

North Korean propaganda video shows New York under attack

The footage was uploaded by the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:29am