Comments on the Shanxi Brick Kiln Case (06/18/2007) When a case raises mass public anger, the usual thing happens. On one hand, there is a notice from from the CPS Central Office of External Communication to the news websites (via China Digital Times): "Regarding the Shanxi “illegal brick kilns” event, all websites should reinforce positive propaganda, put more emphasis on the forceful measures that the central and local governments have already taken, and close the comment function in the related news reports. The management of the interactive communication tools, such as online forums, blogs, and instant messages, should also be strengthened."
On the other hand, the local Shanxi media have been ordered to drop all their own coverage and only use the Xinhua reports. Those orders do not affect media based outside of Shanxi.
Why do they do this? They are afraid that the public anger may be directed at "inappropriate" levels of the party/government (e.g. the party as a whole, the national leaders, the provincial leaders, etc). But it is interesting just what is coming through anyway under these restrictions.
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