The friends of PETER TREI.
profrv at nex.net.au
Wed Apr 14 12:20:57 PDT 1999
He makes no bones about wanting to become China's third "Red Emperor". To
strengthen his grip on the state, the president launched a campaign to
control the media and the Internet. A dozen journalists have been dismissed
since early 2001 for tackling controversial subjects such as corruption. To
make sure the message got through, in July 2001 the government reminded the
country of the "Seven Prohibitions," especially one about "disrupting the
work of the Party". As soon as China was awarded the Olympic Games, the
president asked his security services to ensure a "healthy Internet". In
less than two months, police arrested a dozen cyber-dissidents and closed
more than 8,000 cyber-cafés. Described in his official biography as "modest
and courteous," Jiang Zemin has never intervened in favour of journalist Wu
Shishen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1992. In fact the
president personally urged a stiff sentence for him.
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