Chinese Press: Throwback to Mao – Lindsay Beck

From Reuters, via

China’s readers were given a taste of the Mao era, when at least five state newspapers published nearly identical front pages.

The front pages published over the weekend are seen as the latest sign of tightening control ahead of a Communist Party meeting.

All led with a story about China’s leaders directing a mining company to do everything possible to rescue miners trapped in a flooded shaft, carried the same picture of President Hu Jintao visiting Kazakhstan and a piece about China deepening cooperation with its neighbors, laid out identically.

While many of China’s state newspapers prioritize similar news, or publish identical headlines on sensitive stories, it is rare to see entire pages carrying not only the same news, but the same pictures, layout, headlines and text. [Full Text]


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