Xi Jinping Revamps Media To Cut Liu Yunshan Out.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary
Xi Jinping has stressed reforming the domestic media.
He wants the media to have strength,
credibility and influence.
Analysts believe the CCP has now fully controlled the
The further reform of the media is to turn the anti-graft work
to the propaganda system controlled by Jiang’s faction.
The new media will remove Liu Yunshan’s right to use the
current media to speak out for Jiang Zemin and his cronies.
Xi Jinping hosted the 4th meeting to comprehensively deepen
reform on August 18. Guidance on the media was passed.
Xi Jinping emphasized creating a new style mainstream media
with multiple formats, techniques and competitiveness.
They must possess strength in propaganda, credibility
On August 18, BBC Chinese media reported that Xi Jinping’s
talk of new media reform created an uplift in the stock market.
Former executive editor of Hangzhou Life, Huang Jinqiu,
analyzed Xi Jinping’s frequent moves recently;
E.g. the arrest of executives of CCTV and the investigation
of female anchors allegedly mistresses of high officials.
These indicate Xi’s decision to reform the media and his
disgust for the current media controlled by the Jiang faction.
Huang Jinqiu, “Xi Jinping may intend to safeguard his ruling
with new super media and media discipline.
What he does not understand is that media discipline only
exists in a society of free competition.
This is what will allow the media to meet the market
demand and create its credibility.
Media not daring to report the suffering of the people will
never have credibility and are surely the losers."
Huang Jinqiu indicates that a huge media entity will be
created by the reform.
Once it becomes an echo of the ruling party, with lack of free
supervision, it will just turn into a weak dinosaur that cannot
resist the increasingly unstoppable pressure from the online
media or overseas Chinese media.
Senior legal expert Zhao Yuanming believes there are other
reasons behind the media reform knowing that the CCP’s
control of the propaganda machine has been comprehensive
Zhao Yuanming, “the mainland media is known to be
controlled mainly by Jiang’s faction such as Liu Yunshan.
Also, the media is totally restricted. Liu Yunshan has relied
mainly on traditional forms of media.
Any other forms of media are blocked and hit as illegal.
Xi Jingping is trying to break these customs."
Since Xi started with the anti-corruption movement, the
propaganda system under Liu Yunshan’s control has
constantly obstructed Xi’s campaigns.
Such as the Southern Weekly incident, the false news on
Xi Jinping’s struggle;
Distortion on Xi Jinping’s talk with the CCP tactics, and;
Deletion of Xi Jinping’s talk on the media and arbitrary
interpretation of Xi’s “constitutional dream" and so on.
Zhao Yuanming analyzed that since the downfall of the Jiang
faction’s power player Zhou Yongkang and with Xu Cachou
on the verge of collapse, Jiang’s faction has attempted to rally
public opinion to create disturbances.
Xi Jinping’s recent acts are to fight for the right to speak
in the current media.
He is also trying to prevent further troubles from the
propaganda system Liu Yunshan controls.
Zhao Yuanming, “Xi Jinping’s tactics often
serve multiple purposes.
One is to lift Liu Yunshan’s control of the media;
Two is to break the traditional mode of propaganda;
Three is reform the media to meet the development needs
of the society, technology and new thoughts."
Since December 2013, three generations of CCTV directors
and over 100 executives of female anchors were interrogated.
Many partisans of Liu Yunshan in the propaganda system
were being cleared out.
Recently, Beijing Daily, a media controlled by the Jiang
faction, announced a list of the appointment and removal
of around 68 people.
Zhao Yuanming feels that once the current leaders Xi and Li
remove most of Liu Yunshan’s allies in the propaganda
system, Liu Yunshan, as ringleader could face a fate similar
to Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou.
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