Chines Communist Party Establish New Social Platforms
to Hit Online Rumors
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have started a new round of
action to combat so-called online rumors.
There have been 47 websites shut down
and 39 internet users prosecuted.
The regime even spent hundreds of millions of yuan on setting
up two new platforms to compete for the rights to speak.
Commentators interpret this as the fragile and panicking
state of the regime.
The CCP are conducting the campaign to crackdown on internet
rumors by coordinating the State Internet Information Office,
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,
and the Ministry of Public Security.
Since July 15, there have been three series of websites
shutdown for alleged mismanagement leading to
a spreading of ‘rumors’.
Four Websites such as Ganzhou Online and Chinese Generals
& Dignitaries Network were shut down.
43 Websites including Fence Net, Huilongguan Community, etc.
were closed for rectification.
Two others were suspended for improvement.
Earlier, two internet users were detained for spreading the
rumors about Shanghai air traffic control arresting
Guo Boxiong, 37 other netizens were punished and admonished
for dissemination of relevant information.
There were also a number of internet users
subject to education by work units.
Commentator Lin Zixu said, the messing around acts of the CCP
tells the vulnerability of the CCP towards the internet
and its free flow of information.
Lin Zixu: Chinese history has warned about
the crisis of persecuting free speech.
Especially in the era of the internet, further containment of
public opinion can only make people more abhorrent
towards the CCP.
The effect of suppression is only temporary.
Speech is human nature. The more suppression of speech,
the more people want to talk.
Even the internet police, I suspect, how many of them will
continue to serve the CCP after learning more about the
truths and facts.
Beijing politics watcher Hua Po also believes that
the CCP are panicking.
The so-called internet rumors crackdown shows its fear
of criticism, which might threaten the legitimacy
of its authoritarian rule.
Hua Po: the internet is a scourge for the CCP.
The conventional measures have lost their effectiveness
in controlling information.
They can single-handedly control the newspaper, radio
and television, but not the internet.
Data showed more than 10,000 websites have been prosecuted
and at least 11,000 internet users arrested last year.
But people were not overawed.
Recently, messages about CCP power struggle,
have been widely heard.
This includes the arrest of Guo Boxiong for fleeing,
Zeng Qinghong being investigated, Song Zuying being arrested,
Jia Qinglin being detained in the Inner Mongolia.
Additionally, amongst the many arrests of other corrupt
officials, there is also intensive exposure of
Jiang Zeming’s scandals.
Independent investigative reporter Huang Jinqiu indicates that
the widespread of massive messages on the internet
was caused by the opaque and black-box operation
of the political system under the CCP.
Huang Jinqiu: The speculation of general netizens
is based on clues.
Many of these speculations or so-called rumors could finally
become prophecies of true events.
In fact, since early February 2012 when Wang Lijun and Bo
Xilai’s incidents took place, many rumors had started
about the collapse and fighting within the CCP, which
later turned out to be real.
Hong Kong’s Ming Pao reported that two websites, at the cost
of several hundred million yuan, were invested in and led
by the CCP.
In order to compete for the right to speak on the internet,
Qianhai Media and The Paper were founded to control the social
platforms in finance and in politics.
Shanghai too will soon introduce two new platforms.
Hua Po: The CCP’s control tactics have failed in the internet.
It is seeking a new method to control the internet
and to suppress public opinion.
It needs a control mechanism of high specification
to coordinate resources and efforts of various departments
to best control the internet.
On the 23rd, in order to further deter internet usage, the
CCP charged Dong Rubin, a famous Chinese blogger,
for illegal operation and provocation.
Dong Rubin received a six and a half years imprisonment,
and a fine of $US 57,000.
Huang Jinqiu indicates that the arrest and suppression to
defeat the right to speak will only lead to people believing
in the rumors rather than the official releases.
Interview & Edit/Li Yun Post-Production/Xiao Yu