Wednesday, 28 February 2018

China censors Winnie the Pooh social media posts amid Xi Jinping criticism

China has launched a social media crackdown after criticism of President Xi Jinping's plan to remain in office indefinitely was revealed.
Some articles reporting the news were blocked, while pieces praising the ruling Communist Party were published as part of a concerted push to control the political agenda.
The party has proposed removing a constitutional clause which limits a president to two terms in office, which could mean Mr Xi, who also leads the party and military, staying in power for years to come.

The proposal is set to be passed by delegates loyal to the party at the annual meeting of China's parliament next month and forms part of a package of amendments to the constitution.

Other changes include adding Mr Xi's political thoughts to the document, setting a legal framework for an anti-corruption body and broadly strengthening the Communist Party's grip on power.

But while Mr Xi is broadly popular, the move has sparked concerns it will leave him with too much power.

"Argh, we're going to become North Korea," wrote one user on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform.

The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since the late 1940s. Kim Il Sung founded the nation in 1948 and his heirs have been in power ever since.

"We're following the example of our neighbour," wrote another user.

The messages were removed late on Sunday after Weibo began blocking posts which included the phrase "two-term limit".

Searches for "I object", "proclaimed king", "tenure system" and "Winnie the Pooh" - the portly cartoon character which Mr Xi has often been compared - were also blocked.

SKY     News.