Two give-away sentences in an article on a supposed Communist Party censorship backlash tell you everything you need to know about what direction things are going in this monstrous communist dictatorship.
Mr. Hu is widely thought to favor tighter media controls. Party officials said he referred approvingly to media management in Cuba and North Korea in a speech in late 2004.What we're seeing in China is precisely what one would expect of a man who takes such ... peculiar examples of "media management" as his lodestones. Whether the pressure of economic development will suffice to outweigh Mr. Hu's autocratic leanings remains very much to be seen; alluring passages like the following certainly don't suffice to convince me of it.
"Every serious publication in China faces tough choices," said Mr. Li of Freezing Point. "You can publish stories people want to read and risk offending the censors. Or you can publish only stories that the party wants published and risk going out of business."