On October 15, 2015, China’s Ministry of Culture established an account on Sina Weibo (China’s Facebook and Twitter equivalent) with an opening message: “The official Weibo account of the Ministry of Culture is now opened! Our future policies, information, and announcements will be released here. We look forward to your support!”
This statement has received more than 100,000 comments, of which more than 90,000 of them ridiculed the ministry for their backward thinking.
One Internet user posted: “You decide what books I can read, what TV dramas I can watch, what movies I can enjoy, what websites I can view; but you don’t care if I’m sick, if I have a home, if my child can go to school. All in all, you make my life a mess!”
While others posted:
- “China does not have any culture left since 1949.”
- “There is a group of people who can censor TV dramas and movies, delete our books, distort our history, and eliminate different opinions to their preferences. This is cultural fascism and spiritual tyranny.”
- “No one comes here to support you.”
- “All these mockeries prove that you have long lost the support of the people. So stop pretending, people aren’t blind, OK? Why do you censor social websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumbler? Didn’t you learn from history books that a closed-door policy is terrible?”
Wei Jingsheng wrote the following arguments in one of his articles:
“The nation’s culture will determine the way of thinking of its people, as well as its development method. The development of any cultures must have a foundation and a source; the CCP eliminated traditional culture, and tried to establish its own culture but failed to, just like their failures in many other aspects.”
He added: “So where does its communist ideal come from? It’s in fact cultural garbage abandoned by Europe. The CCP’s founding ideal, the ideal in all of their aspects, is just garbage, a cultural garbage that was imported during the May 4th Period. The nation will not develop in any aspects if this garbage culture is not being rejected fundamentally.”
Mainland Chinese found that the CCP’s official newspaper has no objectively true and fair coverage, from its heading, its title, to the pictures. A former deputy editor of People’s Daily once said that the only true thing in the CCP’s official newspaper is the date.
This really describes the essential characteristics of the CCP media.
Translated research by Cecilia Kwan and Alan Cheung