ESWN: Undercover Internet Commentators on the Chinese Internet

ESWN has translated in full the Southern Weekend article about government agents posting comments undercover on Internet forums to help guide discussions. The original article has disappeared from the Southern Weekend site, but ESWN has reposted it in full. From the translation:

According to the document “Practical ideas on Suqian City Internet opinion,” the City Committee Propaganda will establish the “Internet Administration Office” and “Internet News Administration Office” to manage the daily activities of the Internet commentators. There will be periodic communications meetings on news topics. At the end of each year, the job performances of the Internet commentators will be evaluated for the annual appraisals and feedback.

The City Propaganda Department will offer training to the Internet commentators, and the classes will include Marxist theories about news, the Party’s propaganda policies, how to control the high points of Internet opinions, the state of development of the Internet inside and outside of China, etc.

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