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The Price of Press Censorship in China

At the China Media Project, Chang Ping discusses the implications of case of Wei Yinin, who abused his power to control internet press. Chang believes that the case should prompt deeper reflection on corruption of the propaganda system itself. Chang says:

It’s probably difficult for most people even to imagine how a junior web control official can swallow millions in bribes. How much more is possible for a senior-level propaganda official with nearly boundless power? But the secret nature of propaganda work is such that no media would ever dare expose corruption among the commissars charged with keeping them in line.

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