Nanjing massacre: Guardian cables censored by Japanese officials – archive, January 1938

Outrages in Nanjing: Guardian cable again stopped From our correspondent22 January 1938 Shanghai, 21 JanuaryA second telegram that I tried to send to the Manchester Guardian to-day dealing with outrages by the Japanese military in Nanjing was suppressed by the Japanese authorities. The message was based largely on an outspoken leading article that appeared in to-day’s North China Daily News. As a result of this action I have written to the British Consul-General, Mr Herbert Phillips, in the following terms: This is the second occasion upon which a telegram to…

China announces lunar new year censorship crackdown to silence Covid ‘rumours’

Chinese cyber authorities have announced an internet censorship crackdown to ensure there are no “gloomy sentiments” caused by pandemic “rumours” during the lunar new year festival. It comes as health forecasting firm Airfinity estimated more than 600,000 people have likely died since zero-Covid restrictions were lifted in December – 10 times more than Chinese authorities have officially declared. The month-long “Spring Festival online improvement” program will target those spreading what authorities deem to be “rumours” about the spread of Covid and patient experiences. The national cyber administration specified “in-depth rectification…

Without a Covid Narrative, China’s Censors Are Not Sure What to Do

without a covid narrative chinas censors are not sure what to do

Since China dropped its strict “zero Covid” policy, a joke has been making the rounds on social media about the sudden shift. Three men who don’t know each other sit in a prison cell. Each explains why he was arrested:“I opposed Covid testing.”“I supported Covid testing.”“I conducted Covid testing.” The joke has yet to be broadly censored. It is a sign of just how much the Chinese Communist Party, usually a master of messaging, is struggling to come up with a coherent explanation for the policy shift and a clear…

An Alternate Reality: How Russia’s State TV Spins the Ukraine War

an alternate reality how russias state tv spins the ukraine war

Collaboration between the Kremlin and state broadcasters dates back more than two decades, said Mr. Gatov, a former Russian journalist and an expert on state propaganda. Each day, the Kremlin provides a list of talking points for broadcasters. The closely guarded document, known as the “temnik,” is delivered to senior officials at V.G.T.R.K. and other organizations, outlining issues the Kremlin wants covered, positively or negatively, along with views to endorse and people to criticize, said Mr. Gatov, who has seen copies. The Kremlin’s tight control of the media has increased…

Hong Kong pressures Google to remove protest anthem from searches

Google has refused to change its search results to display China’s national anthem, rather than a protest song, when users search for Hong Kong’s national anthem, the city’s security chief has said, expressing “great regret” at the decision. Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The row comes after the police said they would investigate the playing of Glory to Hong Kong, the unofficial anthem of the 2019 pro-democracy protests, at the men’s final of a sevens rugby tournament in South Korea in…

‘I Will Keep Fighting’: China’s Protesters Say It’s Bigger Than Covid

i will keep fighting chinas protesters say its bigger than covid

After the Chinese government announced this week that it would retreat from its harsh Covid policies, many Chinese expressed their gratitude to the protesters who had boldly spoken out against the punishing restrictions. After three long years, people throughout China could try to get back to normal life. “Thank you, brave young people” was a widely shared comment on Chinese social media platforms. Some people posted Time magazine’s new “Heroes of the Year” cover, honoring Iranian women, and compared China’s protesters to them: “Salute the brave women of Iran. Salute…

‘Zero Covid,’ Once Ubiquitous, Vanishes in China’s Messy Pivot

zero covid once ubiquitous vanishes in chinas messy pivot

A day after China’s ruling Communist Party announced a broad rollback of the “zero Covid” restrictions that had smothered the economy and transformed life in the country, the propaganda apparatus on Thursday began the daunting task of promoting an audacious revision of history. While the rest of the world concluded months ago that the coronavirus was becoming less deadly, Beijing presented the development as fresh news to explain its abrupt decision to undo the lockdowns that prompted widespread protests. In doing so, it also made a high-risk bet that vaccination…

Chinese Abroad: Worried, Wary and Protesting

chinese abroad worried wary and protesting

Huanjie Li, 26, has never been more worried about her family. And she has never been more worried about sharing that fear with them. Ms. Li, who grew up in northeastern China and moved to Queens more than six years ago, has not spoken to her relatives overseas since widespread demonstrations began there. “I don’t want them to get accidentally flagged as foreigners trying to talk about Chinese national safety,” Ms. Li said. As the largest protests since the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprisings ripple across China, Chinese people in New…

China accused of flooding social media with spam to cover up Covid protests

An attempt to flood social media platforms with spam in order to drown out coverage of the lockdown protests in China was probably backed by the Chinese government, according to analysis by a US cybersecurity firm. Recorded Future found that networks of coordinated bot accounts were targeting non-Chinese social media platforms to crowd out genuine posts about the demonstrations with spam content and by hijacking hashtags of names of Chinese cities. It said China’s government was most likely to be behind the tactic. Charity Wright, a senior analyst at Recorded…

New Zealand woman takes Chinese media site to human rights tribunal over ban

A woman is taking New Zealand’s biggest Chinese-language media site to a human rights review tribunal after she claims she was banned from its online message board for posting political content. May Moncur migrated from China 20 years ago and is a permanent resident of New Zealand. The Auckland employment advocate has used the New Zealand-based media company SkyKiwi for more than 15 years, regularly posting links about migrant exploitation or offering employment advice on its most popular message board, “FML”. The company promotes itself as the most influential Chinese…