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CHINA: China hires Net squad to sway opinion
asia media. ^ | May 20, 2005 | The Times of India

Posted on 05/24/2005 11:43:50 PM PDT by kingsurfer

Undercover group of commentators working for the government will post on blogs and Internet bulletin boards as 'ordinary netizens'

The Times of India Friday, May 20, 2005

Beijing -- China has formed a special force of undercover online commentators to try to sway public opinion on controversial issues on the Internet, a newspaper said on Thursday.

China has struggled to gain control over the Internet as more and more people gain access to obtain information beyond official sources. The country has nearly 100 million Internet users, according to official figures, and the figure is rising.

A special force of online commentators had already been operating in Suqian city in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu since April, the Southern Weekend said.

Their job was to defend the government when negative comments appeared on Internet bulletin boards and chatrooms, the weekly quoted local officials as saying. Suqian city’s propaganda department recruited the commentators from among government officials, the weekly said, adding that they must "understand (government) policies, be versed in (political) theories and be politically reliable". "They will guide public opinion as ordinary netizens. This is both important and effective," Ma Zhichun, one of the recruited commentators, was quoted as saying.

Zhan Jiang, dean of journalism at China Youth University for Political Sciences, did not approve of Internet special forces writing anonymously on the Internet.

"It’s okay if they voice their opinions on the government websites as officials, but it is suspicious if they do it this way," Zhan said. "It’s not good for the natural expression of public opinion."

But city governments in at least three provinces were recruiting online commentators, the weekly said.

"We are not the first and won't be the last (to have online commentators). The whole nation is playing the same game,"

(Excerpt) Read more at asiamedia.ucla.edu ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; undercover
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I have noticed a few people on different forums trying to "explain" Chinese policies. Apparently Tibet needs to be occupied and repopulated because of the Muslim threat.
1 posted on 05/24/2005 11:43:50 PM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: kingsurfer

BUMP!


2 posted on 05/24/2005 11:44:41 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: kingsurfer

Didn't they steal this idea from DU?


3 posted on 05/24/2005 11:46:03 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: kingsurfer

Why Tibet and not East Turkistan?


4 posted on 05/24/2005 11:46:17 PM PDT by Wiz
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To: Petronski

They stole it from their fellow oligarchy/big goverment lovers at ABC, CNN, CB.S., NBC etc etc


5 posted on 05/24/2005 11:48:43 PM PDT by Sirc_Valence (Lynne Stewart is a terrorist supporter and a Democrat)
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To: Wiz

Because Tibet was full of pacifists (take note Europe! ie Spain and Germany)


6 posted on 05/24/2005 11:48:49 PM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: Petronski
They are the DU disguised as Americans.
7 posted on 05/24/2005 11:49:12 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The ( FOOL ) hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Sirc_Valence

Them too.


8 posted on 05/24/2005 11:49:21 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: kingsurfer

"Apparently Tibet needs to be occupied and repopulated because of the Muslim threat."

That is a good reason, too! But I thought it was because the Great Leader Mao had decreed it! After all, he was the Great Leader Mao, on which we all agree. All hail the Great Leader Mao!

Sincerely,
Little Girl.

[/Simpsons aping]


9 posted on 05/24/2005 11:49:56 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (<-- sick of faux-conservatives who want federal government intervention for 'conservative things.')
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After all, he was the Great Leader Mao, on which we all agree. All hail the Great Leader Mao!
___________________________________________________________

I thought Mo was the barkeeper in the Simpsons.


10 posted on 05/24/2005 11:54:32 PM PDT by kingsurfer
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To: Petronski; kingsurfer

We have had similar folks here on FR. There were times when, if "OKC" of "FBI" or "ATF" appeared in a thread, you could count on their FR names appearing almost immediately -- under posts full of blatant Government hype. I always addressed them as "FedShills"...


11 posted on 05/24/2005 11:57:32 PM PDT by TXnMA (ATTN, ACLU & NAACP: There's no constitutionally protected right to NOT be offended -- Shove It!)
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To: TXnMA

I once chatted with an IRS apologist in Yahoo. He thought the tax code was top drawer and the flat tax idea should quietly go away. The funniest thing he said was that IRS was a service to 'help' tax payers fork it over. It is funny to me because my view of IRS is that it exists to squish the ones who don't pay their tax.


12 posted on 05/25/2005 12:13:59 AM PDT by carumba
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To: kingsurfer

Information wars... bump...


13 posted on 05/25/2005 12:14:37 AM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: kingsurfer

Russia is doing something similar by convincing/paying Russian language expatriates to help.

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/11/12/172635.shtml


14 posted on 05/25/2005 12:23:39 AM PDT by familyop ("Let us try" sounds better, don't you think? "Essayons" is so...Latin.)
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To: familyop

Might have a few here.


15 posted on 05/25/2005 12:24:50 AM PDT by risk
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To: risk

I feel it to.


16 posted on 05/25/2005 12:28:20 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: risk

Think I could name a couple of the Russian plants...


17 posted on 05/25/2005 12:28:23 AM PDT by streetpreacher (God DOES exist; He's just not into you!)
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To: kingsurfer

General Tso's crispy, deep-fried carcass turns in its grave...


18 posted on 05/25/2005 12:38:05 AM PDT by Lexinom (No more war! (against the unborn.))
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To: kingsurfer; Tijeras_Slim; Constitution Day

I NOT CHINESE TLORR. I RONGTIME FLEEPEL WHO LOVE AMERICA, WHAT YOU THINK.

BTW, DARAI RAMA IS EMBODIMENT OF EVIR! YES!

I HEAL BEJING VELY PLETTY THIS TIME OF YEAL.


19 posted on 05/25/2005 1:01:19 AM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: kingsurfer
Easily confused. They do have a similar look about them, I suppose.

Certainly the vaguely pickled stench and the sloping forehead are dead on. Mao did have a preference for khaki that Moe ain't got, though.

20 posted on 05/25/2005 1:31:33 AM PDT by LibertarianInExile (<-- sick of faux-conservatives who want federal government intervention for 'conservative things.')
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