Monday, 9 May 2011

Chinese TV turns 'propaganda' for three months

In July China will be celebrating 90 years of the Communist Party. To get the nation into a fittingly festive mood, they have ordered television stations to air programmes that highlight the wondrous achievements and general fantasticness of the country's rulers. They have also banned crime drama, and programmes that feature time travel.

Wouldn't want to go giving people funny ideas now, would we?

No. For the next few months all of China will be raising rice-wine toasts to their adorable government in front of equally enamoured TV sets. I find this uncomfortable for two reasons:
a) As an Englishman, I can't imagine people celebrating the government
b) As a believer in democracy, I shudder at the thought of communist propaganda

But then some Chinese blogger might be thinking very similar things about our royal wedding.

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