Chinese Authorities Give Propaganda a Boost
China’s propaganda machine is getting a powerful kick-start as the government tries to focus the country’s citizens on the virtues of communism via “Red tourism,” which includes, among other things, musical broadcasts praising the leading party, complete with sing-along lyrics in newspapers. –ARK
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Meanwhile, Chongqing television was recently ordered to drop soap operas and sitcoms from its prime time slots and instead air classic revolutionary dramas and musical shows.
“Some appear to have misunderstood the message in our campaign,” Xu Chao, the official leading the Red song drive, told the Global Times, a state-run newspaper.
” ‘Red’ doesn’t only represent revolution, Communism or socialism. It also includes elements that represent happiness, harmony, being positive and healthy. The term is actually quite inclusive.”
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