Monday, September 10, 2007

Are You in Harmony Today?

The Propaganda Department of the CCP is shutting down all online discussions, communities, forums and BBS systems across China amid the upcoming 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP) scheduled on Oct 15, 2007. If one website found in violation of the rule, all servers hosted by the same Internet Service Provider (ISP) would be shut down. Hundreds of thousands of servers that didn't violate any rules were unplugged without warming. According to the Department of Propaganda of CCP, they will not be put back online until the conclusion of the Congress. CCP under Hu's leadership has been pressing on the harmony coexistence of people of all levels, which is seen as a positive step by underprivileged. However, the control on information and communication has also been under unprecedented tight.

The picture above was posted by a web manager in place of his vapored site. The color, font and portrait style of people are iconic in the culture revolution period. The people in the picture were celebrating the downtime from Internet connection while holding a sign shouting 'We are in Harmony!'

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