lørdag 26. februar 2022

China bans online criticism of Russia, blames US for fueling Ukraine 'tensions'

Internet censors in China have ordered news outlets and social media accounts to avoid posting anything critical of Russia or favorable to NATO, after Russia began moving troops across the border into Ukraine, prompting a flurry of international sanctions against the country's leaders.

“With immediate effect, regarding all Weibo posts about Ukraine: Horizon News to post first [on this topic], to be reposted by other major accounts," a directive from the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s central propaganda department posted to Weibo ordered. "No pro-Western posts, no posts critical of Russia. All initial copy to be reviewed by us [the CCP propaganda department] prior to posting," the order, quoted by a video account linked to the Beijing News, said.

"Comments must be selectively moderated, and only appropriate comments must be published," the order said. "Anyone publishing content will be deemed responsible for it, and genuine care must be taken. Each post much be watched for at least two days, and great care must be taken when handing over [to the incoming shift]."