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Beijing Newspeak

September 14th, 2007 by Dave · No Comments

I included Beijing Newspeak on my recently added China information page. It is a fantastic blog written by a “language polisher” for the Xinhua News Agency, the official voice of the Chinese Communist Party. He writes well, and offers keen insight into the inner-workings of China’s government-controlled media.

For example, check out this recent post detailing a cover-up of pollution statistics.

Dr Zheng said nearly half of all urban drinking water sources failed to meet national standards in 1981, and, in 1998, the failure rate was more than 83 per cent, according to studies carried out by his institute.

Their latest survey suggests more than 450 drinking water sources in key national environmental protection cities could not meet the standards, a number six times higher than the official figure. But these results have not been made available to the mainland public.

“If we release these figures to the public, there will be total havoc … The figures we reported to the central government are classified,” he said.

“There is only one correct figure you and Xinhua can report, and that is the official figure.”

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