People’s Daily editorializes on the Internet, calls it “not a space beyond the law”

Yesterday, People’s Daily published a front-page column calling for better behavior on the Internet, not sure whether with the window open or closed in its ivory tower. As translated by China Media Project (emphasis theirs):

An open China requires a civilized and healthy online world governed by rule of law. Everyone, whether supervising government bodies or the masses of internet users, must treasure this platform. Demanding that people all use the correct means to say the correct things is not practical, but they must have a consciousness of the law and take responsibility for their words — this is a must. Because regardless of whether online or offline, this is the foundation on which public order and good habits are built.

We’ve brought this up before, but how easy is it to put together these copy-and-paste editorials? Let’s see…

An open China requires a civilized and healthy micro-bacterial world governed by rule of law. Everyone, whether supervising government bodies or the masses of microbes, must treasure this platform. Because regardless of whether a prokaryote or eukaryote, this is the foundation on which public order and good habits are built.

Yup, that works.

An open China requires a civilized and healthy avifauna governed by rule of law. Everyone, whether supervising government bodies or the masses of feathered friends, must treasure this platform. Because regardless of whether a sparrow or spoonbill, this is the foundation on which public order and good habits are built.

Where else can we go with this?

An open China requires a civilized and healthy government governed by rule of law. Everyone, whether supervising local officials or Audi-driving Party members, must treasure this platform. Because regardless of whether a civil servant or law-maker, this is the foundation on wh…

WHOA WHOA WHOA! Delete delete delete. Let’s not get carried away now!

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