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Update: Thanks to David Lunde for the new Chicom-friendly peacock and Olympic logos.
Are you watching the Olympics? Have you detected Commie whitewashing by NBC?
So has Matthew Balan.
Maybe it’s time to redo the NBC peacock logo in ChiCom red with yellow stars…
The Times of London highlights dissident voices you probably won’t be hearing on NBC:
WHILE the world marvelled at the spectacular opening ceremony in Beijing, a surprising backlash was materialising this weekend among Chinese internet users.
A significant number of those posting comments on some less closely censored websites said the ceremony had glorified authoritarian rule and one said it reduced individuals to “cogs in a machine”.
Yesterday even the website of the People’s Daily, the Communist party newspaper, recorded more readers criticising the event than admiring it, with some calling it “empty” and “boring”.
While the majority of Chinese people reflected the positive global reaction to the ceremony, the openness of the online dissent was surprising given the government’s draconian measures to crush any criticism during the Games.
China sent at least 58 citizens to labour camps for “reeducation” to stop them staging protests in Beijing, according to official figures. Eight more were given prison sentences and 45 others are awaiting punishment for daring to travel to the capital to raise their grievances.
All such protests were effectively stifled before Friday’s ceremony but yesterday the work of Zhang Yimou, who directed the show, was subjected to unusually strong public criticism.
“The actors looked like a swarm of ants,” complained Guo Yuquan, on Cat898.com, a popular website. “What was the idea? It was to consider people just as cogs in a machine. I think he got his ideas 100% from North Korea.”
“This had nothing to do with the Olympics or sports or even Chinese classical culture,” Guo Chen, a university professor, was quoted as saying in an interview with Kanzhongguo.com, another website.
Here’s the latest on the web censorship situation during the games from the Press Association:
Some websites remained inaccessible to reporters as competition got under way at the Beijing Olympics.
China’s communist government routinely filters its citizens’ access to the internet, but in the run up to the Olympics Chinese officials and officials with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vowed there would be no censorship of the internet for accredited journalists covering the games.
Some sites were unblocked 10 days ago after reporters arriving to cover the games found them blocked and complained to the IOC, but others remain inaccessible, including sites related to the Tiananmen Square protests, Tibet, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama.
While searches for these keywords turned up long lists of websites, attempts to open some of them resulted in a message saying the page could not be displayed.
A search for information about the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement not only drew that error message but froze the search engine and prohibited further searches for several minutes. Sites that host thousands of blogs appeared to be open, but specific blogs remained blocked.
A statement by Chinese officials indicated they had gone as far as they intend to go. “Yes, we promised to provide free access to the internet – except for a few that would jeopardise our national security and would not be good for the healthy growth of our young people,” said Wang Wei, executive vice president of BOCOG, the Olympic organising committee.
“As in any other country, there are some kinds of limitations,” Wang added. “However, I think we are going to provide sufficient access for the media to cover the games.”
IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies suggested reporters should keep pushing the Chinese. “Sites that you need to have for your job, it’s important that you raise them for BOCOG’s awareness,” Davies said.
And now, back to NBC’s regularly scheduled, Commie-soft-pedaling programming…