A Review Of The Chinese Internet In 2008 – Ping Ke (平客)

Ping Ke, a well-known podcaster in Beijing wrote following review on the Southern Weekend, translated by Roland Soong on his ESWN blog:

The campaign to clean up vulgarity on the Internet is still ongoing. According to Xinhua, 726 websites have been shut down since January 19, 2009. At the same time, the first “human flesh search” of year 2009 has just been issued against railroad officials who are responsible for making tickets so scarce during the Chinese New Year period. Then it was rumored that Xuzhou (Jiangsu province) city has introduced laws to ban “human flesh search” with a maximum penalty of 5,000 yuan. “One step forward and two steps back, or two steps forward and one step back.” Hu Yong used the Minuet to describe the management model of the Chinese Internet.

Three Pushups” is one of the many online political expressions created in 2008 which signals netizens’ distrust of government agencies. Thanks to ESWN for the photo.

January 27, 2009 10:59 AM
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