Posted: August 10, 2015 Filed under: Asia, Censorship, China, Entertainment, Global | Tags: Beijing, Chen Boda, China, China Central Television, Communism, Communist Party of China, Cultural Revolution, Economic growth, Felicia Sonmez, Fujian, Great Leap Forward, Mao Zedong, WSJ
Bi Fujian, a popular satirist and China Central Television host, came under fire in April when a video of him mocking the Communist Party leader during a private dinner was mysteriously leaked online.
Felicia Sonmez reports: A well-known Chinese TV personality who joked about revolutionary leader Mao Zedong behind closed doors will face “serious” punishment, according to state-run media, months after a video of the remarks went viral online.
Bi Fujian, a popular satirist and China Central Television host, came under fire in April when a video of him mocking the Communist Party leader during a private dinner was mysteriously leaked online. Mr. Bi swiftly apologized, but CCTV suspended him from his job and announced that it would be investigating the incident, which it said had “led to grave social consequences.”
“Before a word leaves your mouth, you are its master. Afterwards, it is your master. You can pull a nail out from a board, but it’s impossible to take a word back once it has been uttered.”
— Weibo user
Little has been heard about Mr. Bi’s case in the months since. But on Sunday, a newspaper affiliated with the Communist Party’s internal watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, sternly warned that authorities view the host’s quip as no laughing matter.
“…this is not just an ordinary disciplinary problem but rather a serious violation of political discipline.”
— China Discipline and Supervision Daily
“(Party authorities) believe that this is not just an ordinary disciplinary problem but rather a serious violation of political discipline,” the aptly-named China Discipline and Supervision Daily wrote, adding that Mr. Bi’s case would be “seriously dealt with.” It did not give further details.
[Read the full text here, at WSJ]
The episode comes as China’s top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, is tightening control over the TV industry with a series of new regulations aimed at keeping presenters and content in line with “socialist core values.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 11, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Global, Mediasphere | Tags: Ahmedabad, Asia Pacific, Beijing, CCTV, China, China Central Television, Communist Party of China, President of the People's Republic of China, Sina Weibo, Twitter, Xi Jinping
Was she flaunting a luxury item on air, or just wearing something that many Chinese can afford?
“Expensive watches have become a symbol of corruption in China ever since August 2012, when netizens unearthed an image of provincial safety bureaucrat Yang Dacai smiling at the scene of a deadly traffic accident — and wearing a luxury timepiece likely beyond his modest means.”
The photos initially attracted attention as an example of an ostentatious display; a spate of news articles and Weibo media posts on May 5 accused Wang of “showing off her wealth.” Some Weibo users chimed in to criticize Wang as well. “Official media should appear thrifty,” wrote one Weibo user, arguing that the image of official media and that of the government that controls it are closely related. More than one speculated without evidence that Wang, beautiful and in her mid-20s, might be mistress to a wealthy man.
Those claims are harsh (and unsubstantiated) – but the vitriol toward China’s reviled state broadcaster is more understandable. While CCTV has often served as an important mouthpiece for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s nationwide anti-corruption crackdown, now into its third year, the state broadcaster itself has been embroiled in several scandals during that time. In July 2014, authorities unexpectedly detained one of CCTV’s most outspoken hosts, Rui Chenggang. That same month, authorities held senior CCTV executive Guo Zhenxi for suspected bribery, and in August 2014 they detained Huang Haitao, a prominent CCTV deputy director, for alleged graft.
[Read the full text here, at ForeignPolicy.com]
Expensive watches have become a symbol of corruption in China ever since August 2012, when netizens unearthed an image of provincial safety bureaucrat Yang Dacai smiling at the scene of a deadly traffic accident — and wearing a luxury timepiece likely beyond his modest means. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 4, 2014 Filed under: Asia, Censorship, China | Tags: Beijing, Changsha, China, China Central Television, Guangdong, Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, Shanghai, Shenzhen
With the detentions of employees of a business news website, China is increasing oversight of journalists; above, a Beijing newsstand. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
BEIJING— Brian Spegele reports: Police detained at least two editors and other employees at a major Chinese business news website and placed them under investigation for suspected extortion, state media reported, as the government steps up its scrutiny of journalists.
“Authorities have issued a series of orders in recent months to enforce greater control over media by demanding reporters heed the government line.”
[Also see – Journalists Ordered to Learn ‘Marxist News Values’, Uphold Principles of Communist Party]
State broadcaster China Central Television said two editors from the 21st Century Business Herald website were among eight people placed into custody Wednesday. At least two public-relations companies were also facing scrutiny as part of the investigation, CCTV said.
[More – CCTV broadcasts fresh bribery claims against baby formula firm Dumex]
Police in Shanghai, who are leading the investigation, didn’t answer telephone calls seeking comment.
The news website, in a statement posted to its microblog account, said it would “actively cooperate with public security organs in their investigation work.” Guangdong Twenty-First Century Media Co., a major Chinese publisher of business newspapers and magazines and controller of the site, declined to comment. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11, 2014 Filed under: Asia, China, Crime & Corruption | Tags: CCTV, China, China Central Television, Dongguan, Sex industry, Sina Weibo, Wang Yongzhi, YouTube
chinaSMACK has an interesting collection of news images, screen caps, news links, articles. On YouTube, I found this video of a news broadcast.
CCTV Exposes Dongguan Sex Industry
Though it’s brief, and doesn’t have particularly insightful reporting, at around 43 seconds there’s a brief glimpse of just a fraction of the almost unimaginably large police force [A total of 6,525 police officers allegedly took part in a crackdown] There’s just no western equivalent for a scene like that: a prostitution raid involving thousands of law enforcement officials, and countless TV cameras capturing hundreds (or possibly dozens) of frightened, cowering hookers, hotel managers, and guests.
Check out chinaSMACK for more links, photos, news sources.
This is from the YouTube page:
Authorities in Dongguan, near Guangzhou, suspended two police chiefs and shut 12 entertainment venues allegedly involved in prostitution in a crackdown after state television reported on the sex trade in the city over the weekend.
Police detained 67 people after raiding the venues in five townships revealed by China Central Television on Sunday night, the Guangdong provincial public security department said yesterday. In two news programmes, CCTV said local police ignored prostitution in the city and allowed the industry to thrive five years after the Ministry of Public Security had conducted a crackdown. In a citywide bust after raiding the venues fingered by CCTV, authorities detained another 162 people at 39 locations.
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Posted: February 10, 2014 Filed under: Asia, China, Crime & Corruption, Global | Tags: Beijing, CCTV, China, China Central Television, Dongguan, Guangdong, Houjie, Prostitution, Public security bureau, Sex industry
Just hours after a national broadcast program accused police of doing nothing about the rampant sex trade in Dongguan, 67 suspects had been detained and 12 entertainment venues shut down in the city in southern Guangdong Province.
The highly visible trade in sex, according to CCTV, included beauty contests where prostitutes wearing revealing dresses and number tags paraded along a catwalk in front of prospective clients. Sometimes presenters promoted girls like products on shopping channels
Zhongtang Town public security bureau chief He Cheng has been suspended.
A total of 6,525 police officers took part in a crackdown that began at 3pm yesterday and was due to continue until early this morning.
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Posted: November 17, 2013 Filed under: Asia, China, Entertainment | Tags: BBC, CCTV, Chengdu, China, China Central Television, Chinese, Liu Wen, Paul Dempsey
HONG KONG —Patrick Frater reports: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and China Central Television (CCTV) are to set up a center for story development.
The center is part of an agreement between the two state-backed broadcast giants that was signed Monday (Nov. 18) at the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu, China.
They said that the center will develop documentaries for TV audiences which will focus on the Chinese and Asian markets, but also possibly target global audiences. The deal is expected to last an initial three years. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 6, 2013 Filed under: China | Tags: China Central Television, Guo Bin, Hong Kong, Linfen, Shanxi, Shenzhen, Sina Weibo, Zhang
In his mother’s arms, 6-year-old Guo Bin, whose eyes were gouged out by a woman last week, thanks a man who donated money to him in a hospital in Taiyuan,Shanxi province, on Tuesday. Police identified the boy’s aunt, who has committed suicide, as the suspect, though doubts remain. [Hou Liqiang / China Daily]
Many people remain skeptical about police claims that the 6-year-old boy whose eyes were gouged out last month was the victim of his own aunt. Read the rest of this entry »