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China - a country of frauds from top to bottom

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by Leongsam, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Leongsam

    Leongsam Administrator Staff Member Old Timer Old Timer

    Jul 10, 2008
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    Chinese lecturer reveals secrets of controlled news

    By Andrew Jacobs
    4:00 AM Monday Jun 7, 2010 [​IMG]

    Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut in space, answers questions at a media conference. Photo / Getty Images

    As the nation held its collective breath, China's first astronaut, Yang Liwei, floated back to the motherland, having orbited Earth 14 times in Shenzhou 5, or Divine Capsule.

    It was October 2003, and the national broadcaster carried live coverage of the momentous event, from Yang's famous pleasantries in space - "I feel good" - to the instant the capsule door opened to reveal the pale but smiling face of a hero, offering irrefutable evidence the voyage had gone off without a hitch. Or had it?

    In a lecture to journalism students last month, an official at Xinhua, the state news agency, said the mission was not so perfect.

    The official, Xia Lin, described how a design flaw had exposed the astronaut to excessive G-force pressure during re-entry, splitting his lip and drenching his face in blood.

    Startled but undaunted, workers quickly mopped up the blood, strapped him back in his seat and shut the door. Then, with cameras rolling, the cabin door swung open again, revealing an unblemished moment of triumph.

    The speech was intended to help budding journalists understand Xinhua's dual mission: to give Chinese leaders a fast, accurate picture of current events and to deftly manipulate that picture for the public to ensure social harmony.

    Xia's lecture included other examples of Xinhua's work, notably coverage of ethnic rioting in the far west of China last year that left nearly 200 people dead.

    Xia said Xinhua concealed the horror of the unrest for fear it would set off violence beyond Urumqi. Rioters burned bus passengers alive, he told the class, and decapitated children.

    By Andrew Jacobs
  2. Teo Kok Eng

    Teo Kok Eng Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Read somewhere that dog meat is on their space menu, the ang moh won't be happy
  3. zuoom

    zuoom Alfrescian Old Timer

    Jul 16, 2008
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    it's just PR 101 no?

    for the Spaceman incident.
    would liken it to a quick "make up"/"touch up" session before he's presented to the world.

    as for the Urumqi issue. it's more of a information suppression mode. if those images, video, info got out during the heights of the riots. emotions, feelings would run even higher. which might feed into the fear n angry more, and create a vicious cycle.
  4. po2wq

    po2wq Alfrescian (Inf)

    Jul 15, 2008
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    sg 154th oso sama-sama la ... try 2 cover all their own sh*t la ...

    n if u anyhow write, can kena sacked 1 u noe ... like dat time wen sum ppl candidly reported dat sum1 was so angry wen he was unable 2 cut q in london ...

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