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Xi's Crackdown
China to Gays: Get Off the Net

China’s new regulations on online content have put a new slate of ideological taboos in the censors’ crosshairs—including homosexuality, the FT reports:

Sexual freedom, luxurious lifestyles and portrayals of Chinese imperialism are the latest targets of China’s crackdown on internet video content.

“Abnormal sexual lifestyles”, including homosexuality, are included among the 84 categories of topics that were banned from online video programmes by Chinese censors last week. “Unhealthy” views of the family, relationships, and money are also banned.

The detailed list is the first issued by government censors to cover the rapidly growing field of internet video, and comes after dozens of the country’s most popular entertainment channels were shut down in an online crackdown that started three weeks ago.

Nationalism and “healthy” family values are in, say the Chinese censors, while homosexuality and references to China’s past use of force against neighbors are out. And lest one think the guidelines were mere suggestions, the authorities have already begun to enforce them with severe force. As the FT reported last month, the government has already coerced top tech groups into deleting 300 mobile video platforms and firing 10,000 journalists who were in violation of the rules.

China has lately earned plaudits among Western liberal bien pensants for its paeans to the Paris agreement and rhetorical opposition to Trump’s protectionism. But China’s role as the liberal darling isn’t likely to last long as Xi turns key liberal beliefs into thought crimes.

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  • KremlinKryptonite

    Oh yes, must keep Xi’s Panamanian and Cayman bank accounts and the ostentatious lifestyle of the party elite secret. That’s why Bloomberg was banned years ago. Reuters reported on it. Of course they are banned now too. See these links in sequence. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE86306820120704
    https://techcrunch.com/2015/03/19/reuters-blocked-in-china/

    • Unelected Leader

      LOL now that is funny. Mostly sad though.

  • CaliforniaStark

    “China has lately earned plaudits among Western liberal bien pensants for its paeans to the Paris agreement and rhetorical opposition to Trump’s protectionism. But China’s role as the liberal darling isn’t likely to last long as Xi turns key liberal beliefs into thought crimes.”

    Actually attempting to silence opposition through coercion is a strategy that would be whole-heartily supported by the proponents of the Paris agreement. They demand their “consensus view” of global warming be accepted as dogma, and try to muzzle any opposing views. They would be very pleased if China began censoring websites of people who question the global warming theory.

  • tellourstory

    Hmm. . .I wonder if this is also being done as a response to Taiwan’s recent high court vote ruling in favor of gay marriage. https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/05/24/first-asia-taiwan-legalize-same-sex-marriage

  • Fat_Man

    In Muslim countries, homosexuals are persecuted and women are second class citizens, do western leftists regard that as a problem. No, they think Westerners should not be judgmental about minority cultures.

    Same deal here. The Chinese are not white so the left will not judge them.

    • Tom

      It’s not that the Chinese aren’t white. It’s that the Western Left believes the Chinese are too far away to actually affect them–which is the reason why they don’t complain about Muslims.
      Western Leftists are not so much racist as myopic and provincial.

      • LarryD

        Western Leftists are racist and myopic and provincial.

  • Angel Martin

    “But China’s role as the liberal darling isn’t likely to last long as Xi turns key liberal beliefs into thought crimes.”

    This author is delusional.

    After the Nazi-Soviet Pact was signed, the left did an instant 180 from demanding an immediate war against fascism to becoming the strongest supporters of defeatism, pacifism and appeasement.

  • christophergreen

    Some brave California legislator should propose a law banning California government officials from traveling to China. The state of California has a ban on officials traveling to many US states, why not to China? I suppose that the answer is too obvious.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Setting aside the Chinese censors’ work on 84 categories of censorship (many of which are related to party secrecy, as KremlinKryptonite pointed out here) and concentrating on TAI’s focus in piece title, has anyone noticed that suppressing LGBT people is the one thing agreed upon by Hitler, Islam, Russia, China, segments of Africa and American Republicans? With any governments which are never sure what unlisted human rights actually are supposed to be listed Human Rights, you always know who is gonna be in the top tier of the target list for some kind of derision.

    • Tom

      Has anyone noticed that suppressing Christians who won’t kowtow to the government is the one thing agreed upon by Hitler, Islam, Russia, China, segments of Africa and American Democrats?
      Dude, FG, get over yourself.

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    At least China is doing something right….

  • Outside the West, most societies are actually still very conservative regarding homosexuality.

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