Monday, August 26, 2013

China demands that bloggers write for "the common good"

Deborah Kan and Brian Spegele in Biejing f the Wall Street Journal online report the detention of a blogger in China for “spreading rumors”, although the official reason was solicitation.

China tends to watch bloggers who can attract over several hundred thousand followers, but not necessarily those who are more “original” but attract fewer people. 

The Communist Party requires bloggers to act in the “public interest”, whatever that means.  There is this idea that the whole country needs a “consistent message”. 

Are people scrutinized for what they say publicly in western countries?  Certainly the Tea Party thinks so.  

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