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China Digital Times is showcasing two examples that the government’s efforts to tarnish Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and silence his supporters have not been entirely successful. One, the cover of Southern Metropolis Daily,  is a symbol-laden illustration showing empty chairs, cranes and a man trying to halt the cranes’ progress. Click here for a shot of the page and an explanation of its symbolic meaning: http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/netizens-interpret-empty-chairs-on-the-cover-of-southern-metropolis-daily/

The other example consists of posts on a popular Chinese blogging site and on Twitter that all are titled, “The Lius I admire.” Each brief post appears to follow a formula that congratulates a “person with the surname Liu” for his or her fighting spirit and resistance to injustice.  You can see a description of this endeavor here: http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/the-lius-i-admire/

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As expected, today’s editions of Beijing-based newspapers brim with anti-Nobel Peace Prize editorials fuming about Western insults to China. Here’s a sampling:

“Insult of the Nobel Peace Prize” at China Daily; be sure to check out the comments it attracted – more than 335 so far. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2010-12/10/content_11680595.htm

“Human Rights Day,” a stupendously self-serving piece of propaganda designed to counter criticism of China’s record in this regard. The timing of its publication today is no accident. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-12/10/content_11685277.htm

“Liu’s Nobel ignores China’s true human rights progress,” which includes a  lie so brazen it is breathtaking: “The 1.3 billion people in China are the ones who have the utmost legitimate right to speak on these issues.” Of course – as long as they don’t mention freedom of speech, democracy or human rights as anything but conspiracies of Western cultural imperialism. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-12/10/content_11685884.htm

If you can take any more, the following links to the Global Times and People’s Daily provide more along the same lines: http://www.globaltimes.cn/

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/

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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, has been silenced and punished for years because he spoke out in favor of free speech and an end to one-party rule in China. The picture of an empty chair at the award ceremony today speaks eloquently about Liu’s oppression, and his own words about banishing hatred from his country are astonishing evidence of why the Chinese government feared the power of his public proclamations. For a translation into English of Liu’s final address to the court that sentenced him to 11 years in prison, go to this link at the China Digital Times, a project of the journalism school at the University of California in Berkeley: http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/liu-xiaobo-i-have-no-enemies-my-final-statement/#

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With two days to go before the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to an imprisoned Chinese democracy activist, newspapers in Beijing have resumed their condemnation of the decision. While doing so, a column in China Daily parrots two of the regime’s most cherished myths: that the Chinese enjoy a “harmonious and stable society” run by a “democratic leadership, led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and farmers.”

“Harmonious and stable” are euphemisms for the unquestioned dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party, none of whose members belong to the “working class.” Instead, they enjoy privileges and comforts that most workers can only dream about. And if workers and farmers ever did get organized enough to form an alliance, you can bet that the powers in Beijing would sic the People’s Army on them faster than you can say Liu Xiaobo. 

Nonetheless, responses to the column make for interesting reading. Check it out here: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2010-12/08/content_11667718.htm

Meanwhile, the Global Times has weighed in with a typical rant positing that Norway and other Western countries choose to ignore China’s economic progress, a point which ignores the fact that the Peace Prize is awarded for work that enhances human rights. It also claims “dozens” of countries will boycott the ceremony in support of China, when in fact as of today not even two dozen (19) have announced they will do so. This could easily have been discovered by Googling the term “Nobel boycott,” but of course in China the Great Firewall probably blocks access to any website that mentions the Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s a link to the editorial: http://opinion.globaltimes.cn/editorial/2010-12/599717.html

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After a spate of hysterical denunciations about interference in Chinese affairs and cultural imperialism, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony slated for this Friday (Dec. 10) is now being greeted in Chinese media with a thunderous silence. No doubt propaganda authorities have ordered news media not to mention imprisoned Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is serving 11 years in prison for advocating freedom of speech, an act considered to be subversion.

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China Digital Times has published two weeks’ worth of orders to Chinese media from censorship authorities, which it says are cheekily referred to by Chinese journalists and bloggers as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” Of special note are instructions forbidding any mention of the Nobel Prize ceremony scheduled for Dec. 10, at which imprisoned Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the Peace Prize. A link to the China Digital Times posting is below. A column about the results of censorship (which had to be written without mentioning censorship) can be found on the Columns page under the post, “An elephant in the room.”

“Latest directives from the Ministry of Truth,” http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/11/latest-directives-from-the-ministry-of-truth-october-22-november-7-2010/

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Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today that a Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Nobel Peace Prize award to an imprisoned democracy advocate “shows no respect for the judicial system of China.” In fact, China has no judicial system that functions in any way that would be recognized by First World standards. It has the appearance of one without the substance. There are judges, lawyers, courts and police. But judges can refuse to take cases based on their own wishes to avoid rocking the boat. They often issue rulings according to the wishes of Party authorities. Lawyers brave enough to represent citizens against government wrongdoing risk house arrest, “disappearance,” labor re-education camp or even prison. Police often are deployed as storm troopers against people desparate enough to publicly protest for their rights. China also has a constitution that purports to guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But those who dare to exercise those rights face punishment ranging from loss of job to imprisonment. For a look at the Xinhua item, follow this link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-10/12/content_11401571.htm

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