Django Unchained May Be Returning To Chinese Theaters After Further Cuts

Via @remonwangxt
Good news and bad news for those itching to watch Django Unchained. Seeing Red in China reports via China News that it might be returning to mainland China theaters, though likely not in its current form. There have been reports today that Django could be resumed late this month in Chinese theaters, provided that director Tarantino will cut what the Chinese censors ask him to cut. The New York Times elaborates:

Django Unchained Will Not Be Showing In China After All [UPDATE]

Django Unchained censored by SARFT
Django Unchained has officially been pulled out of every mainland Chinese theater. We first reported earlier today that authorities abruptly shut down the movie’s Beijing premiere, but at least those in attendance at the Sanlitun cineplex got to see one minute of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge flick. Elsewhere in China, the movie never made it to... Read more »

Beijing Premiere Of Django Unchained Reportedly Halted One Minute After It Begins, Censors To Blame [UPDATE]

Django Unchanged gets SARFTed
According to Sina Weibo user @血一刀, the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained at the Sanlitun cineplex in Beijing was interrupted just one minute after it began: Staff members came in and said SARFT called and told them to postpone!! Who can tell me what the fuck is going on? @血一刀’s post, from 10:34 am today,... Read more »

Respected Southern Weekly Censor Dies, Leaves Behind Remorseful Confessional

Zeng Li Southern Weekly censor
Three days after retiring, Southern Weekly in-house censor Zeng Li is dead. The story via SCMP: Zeng Li had become a prominent figure during the weekly's protest against censorship in January. His farewell letter has been shared on Weibo thousands of times on Thursday and caused widespread soul-searching about the state of the media in China.

Yan Lianke: China’s version of history has created “amnesic generation”

The East is Read
“I used to assume history and memory would always triumph over temporary aberrations and return to their rightful place,” writes author Yan Lianke in this New York Times op-ed. “It now appears the opposite is true.” China is winnowing memory out of its people, creating an “amnesic generation,” Yan argues. It’s “state-sponsored amnesia,” a phrase... Read more »

At Least One Chinese Journalist Thinks The Country Should Abandon North Korea. He’s Been Suspended

Deng Yuwen suspended for Financial Times column
If you’re a Chinese journalist, writing in English won’t necessarily shield you from the petty decisionmakers and censors in the central organs of China’s bureucracy, as Deng Yuwen can tell you. Writing in the Financial Times on February 27, Deng, the deputy editor of Central Party School-affiliated Study Times, suggested that China should “re-evaluate its longstanding... Read more »

John Lydon Is Controversial, Kraftwerk Is Not; So Why Ban The Latter? On China’s Whimsical Censorship Of Musical Acts

Public Image Ltd (PiL) in Shanghai and Beijing
Ah, music festival season in China. With the balmy climes and fluffy white cottonwood pollen comes the annual rumor mill about which bold-faced recording artists are slated to perform at the summertime’s numerous annual kickoff events, which have been denied performance permits, and general conspiratorial grumblings about why this is and who's to blame.

Two Peng Liyuan Photos Deleted From Chinese Internet, Including One Of Her Serenading Troops In Tiananmen In June 1989

Peng Liyuan singing to troops on Tiananmen in 1989 before crackdown
Peng Liyuan may be unlike other wives of China’s leaders — she’s the country’s first “First Lady,” after all — but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to stray off-message when talking about her. Case in point, the above photo, published by @HKfighter with an accompanying message that was translated Tuesday by China Digital Times:

Country Breakdown Of Social Network Traffic Shows Not Many Countries Besides China Blocks YouTube, Facebook, And Twitter

Social media country breakdown - YouTube
This is interesting. Above, via the bitly blog, is a map showing relative social network usage in countries around the world. The more red a country is, the more clicks. The coloration isn’t at all surprising, considering YouTube has been blocked in China since March 2009. What about Facebook?

China’s Two Major Propaganda Organs Are Merging And Need A New Name. We Have Some Ideas

SARFT new logo
The General Administration of Press and Publication, or GAPP, and State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or SARFT, are China’s two principal ministries of propaganda, tasked with tweaking, managing, and bowlderizing creative, edgy, realistic, and otherwise inspiring work into a mushy, digestible pap for mainstream consumption. It’s an unpleasant job, but someone has to... Read more »

China Shutters 225 Websites And More Than 30,000 Microblogs For “Obscene Content,” But Not PornHub

Ron Jeremy facepalm
China ostensibly hates porn — hates it with a passion and hates it despite reason – but its state news organization links to it and — as the running joke with us goes — one particular porn site, the 39th most popular in the US, remains unblocked. To clarify: that’s 39th most popular website, not just porn site, and 65th... Read more »

Sina Weibo Suspends Three Prominent Accounts In Less Than Two Weeks

Frank Hsieh Chang-Ting Sina Weibo
What do former Taiwan premier Frank Hsieh Chang-Ting, former Google president Kai-Fu Lee, and human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang have in common? Within the last three weeks, each of them has seen his Sina Weibo account suspended. In Lee’s case, he was slapped with a three-day ban. In Hsieh’s case, his account was completely trashed.... Read more »

CCTV Censors Spring Festival Gala’s Best Moment, Lu Chen’s Riff On Gay Innuendo Between Leehom Wang And Li Yundi

Lu Chen and Li Yundi featured image
Ah, live TV. Did magician Lu Chen give the CCTV Spring Festival Gala -- the most-watched show on Chinese television every year -- its Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" moment? First, a little background. Top Chinese pianist Li Yundi and Chinese American singer Leehom Wang are best buds who spend so much time together that people openly question the nature of their relationship. (The two have repeatedly said they're not gay lovers.) It's kind of a running joke, the sort that feeds gossip mills and keeps tabloids in business.

Wang Daxue’s Crocodile Tears Impress No One, Least Of All The Central Propaganda Department

Wang Daxue
State Administration of Work Safety Vice Director Wang Dexue, possibly seeking a promotion, appeared to cry while inspecting a bridge collapse in Henan earlier this week, and let’s just say no one bought it. Netizens took to calling him “New Watch Brother,” a term that has since been censored on Sina Weibo. All this leads... Read more »

Here’s A Petition To The White House To Block China’s Great Firewall Architects And Scholars

Great Firewall petition
Nearly everyone hates the Great Firewall (GFW), which blocks websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many others from being viewed inside mainland China. To “jump over” said firewall, a small cottage industry of VPN services have sprung up, such as Witopia, Astrill and 12vpn, to name a few, to help the frustrated Internet user... Read more »

GitHub Has Been Unblocked, Maybe

GitHub unblocked?
The social coding website GitHub, which fell on the wrong side of the Great Firewall on Monday, has apparently been restored on the mainland, though as you can see from the above via GreatFire.org, tests have yielded contradictory results. According to Global Times: Lee Kai-fu, a prominent Internet figure and former vice president of Google,... Read more »

GitHub Blocked In China Thanks To The Railway Ministry’s Crappy Ticketing Site [UPDATE]

Ministry of Railway image
The Golden Shield Project (aka Great Firewall of China) has decided GitHub no longer conforms with Chinese notions of harmony, as first noticed Monday by GreatFire.org and reported on The Next Web. The block comes on the heels of the Ministry of Railways's unsuccessful attempt to convince Chinese browser-makers to stop providing a plugin that helps users purchase train tickets off MOR's website.

Beijing’s 2 million “propaganda workers” will be flooding social media. You heard right: 2 million

The East is Read
Two amazing facts come out of John Kennedy’s post this morning on SCMP, and I’m not sure which should be presented first. We’ll just excerpt from the top: According to the Beijing News, a meeting of propaganda department heads was held yesterday to unveil the city’s latest plans to control online content, plans which place microblogs firmly at... Read more »

Fuck SARFT

Fuck SARFT
The State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television is a yawning cunt of beigest ninnies and bacillus. It’s written right there in its mission statement: Our function is to research and promote the insipid, hackneyed humdrum of popular media while bowdlerizing, inside the abysmal recess of our cave of stupefaction, all that is good, interesting, real,... Read more »