Friday, February 19, 2016

Chinese President Xi Visits State Newsrooms. Demands Total Loyalty

DW: President Xi Jinping demands 'absolute loyalty' from state media in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded 'absolute loyalty' from the state media. Beijing is also to oblige foreign media companies to obtain state permission before publishing online.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the country's top three state-run media outlets on Friday. In this rare tour, Xi told media editors and journalists to pledge total loyalty to the state and the ruling Communist Party and its leaders in "thought, politics and action."

Liu Yunshan, the party's propaganda chief, accompanied Xi on his visits to the People's Daily, the Xinhua news agency, and state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

"The media run by the party and the government are the propaganda fronts and must have the party as their family name," Xi told the media employees.

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WNU Editor: I guess he is troubled that the media is not giving him the "fawning coverage" that he believes he deserves.

More News On Chinese President Xi Visiting The Country's State Newsroom

Xi tours Chinese top state media, demands total loyalty -- AP
President Xi visits China's national news outlets -- Xinhuanet
China's Xi underscores CPC's leadership in news reporting -- Xinhuanet
China's Xi urges state media to boost global influence -- Reuters
Chinese President Xi Jinping goes on propaganda offensive during media tour -- Sydney Morning Herald


RRH said...

Something tells me Xi is getting China ready for challenges and major moves ahead. There's more to this than just wanting control for control's sake. Sometimes the head on the dog must be the head, and the tail mustn't try to wag the dog.

JosephA. Lambert said...

What The Chinese people need is an opening of news and international media content. RRH has it right. The further lockdown on the truth is an instrument of repression and still another layer of the Great Fire Wall, 2.0. This and other moves reveal an opening salvo of an oncoming regional shjt storm or worse!

jj said...

China is a Potemkin village and the media is being instructed on how to not show the people or the world the backside of it ..