Netizens Ridicule CCTV (Video Added)

3267201130_1564c09230_oFrom AFP, via the Straits Times:

On web forums, gleeful Internet users digitally edited Internet photos to add giant robots and fire-breathing dragons attacking the broadcaster’s building.

Xiao Qiang, head of the University of California’s China Internet Project, told AFP the online response reflected frustration among Chinese people about having to endure CCTV’s propaganda-driven agenda.

‘Many of the ‘critical comments‘ that the authorities are busy deleting actually reflect a popular antagonistic attitude among netizens toward CCTV,’ Xiao said.

Twenty-two academics last month launched an online boycott campaign condemning CCTV’s ‘brainwashing’ and failure to report sensitive news such as the contaminated milk scandal that led to six children dying and nearly 300,000 falling ill.

Separately, another website called ‘Anti-CCTV‘ dedicated to highlighting the broadcasters mistakes has attracted more than 178,000 visits since April last year.

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The above spoofed movie poster is entitled “Heaven’s Punishment:The Anger of Grass Mud Horses – the most-anticipated film of 2009.” Similar cartoons and spoofed images are all over Chinese cyberspace.

Among Chinese netizens, CCTV is often called another not-so-flattering name “CCAV.” The following parody was produced by Hu Ge (胡戈), ridiculing CCTV’s news program: