Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beijing Calls on 2 Million+ Propagandists to Use Weibo, Sina Weibo Censors "2 Million Outside the System"

On January 18, 2013, the state-sponsored Beijing News published an article entitled "Planning For Hundreds of Cultural Renovation Projects to Be Completed This Year" (百项文物修缮今年完成计划). Some excerpts:.
At the opening of the Beijing Municipal Propaganda Director's Meeting there was a call for propaganda workers to all "use Weibo," and actively give rein to positive forces.
This year Beijing will formulate and implement an Internet Development Action Plan for Beijing, and make strategic use of the media and strive to create world-class portal web sites.
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Yesterday, during the Beijing Municipal Propaganda Director's Meeting Lu Wei, Beijing's Standing Committee member, Propaganda Director, and Deputy Mayor, said that the city's propaganda ranks comprised over 60,000 people working within the system, and over 2,000,000 working outside the system. It is necessary to strengthen positive guidance of hot-point issues, and every propaganda worker must utilize new media, "watch Weibos, launch Weibos, post Weibos, and research Weibos" to give rein to the Internet's positive forces.
This year, Beijing will earnestly implement the National People's Congress Standing Committee's "Decision Regarding Strengthening Network Information Protection," drive forward online real name identification administration, quickly issue regulations on on mobile device real name system administration, strengthen administration of micro-blogs, social networks, and mobile reporting, and research formulation of Beijing municipal Internet development administration regulations.
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These screenshots, taken on January 30, 2013, show that Sina Weibo was censoring searches for "60,000 people inside the system" (制内有6万多人) and "2 million people outside the system" (体制外200多万人).