The Chinese Communist Party’s powerful disciplinary wing is taking aim at the country’s internet censors for not pushing a party-line agenda, saying they were “irresolute” in implementing the policies of President Xi Jinping and “not trying hard enough to ensure political security.”
Read: political purity.
…authorities now want people to become absorbed by politics as defined by the party.
“If you let people get too sucked into entertainment, no one will care about what the leaders are saying. If you don’t do this [crackdown], no one will watch the ‘Network News,'” he said, referring to the staid evening news program of the official state broadcaster, China Central Television.
This is the People’s Republic of China’s version of “freedom” and of “free” speech. The PRC’s presence on the world stage needs to be watched with a careful and jaundiced eye, given how the government so disrespects its own people.
“You clap when they ban entertainment. What will you do when they ban you from clapping?” one user asked on Weibo.