Archive for January 16th, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Movie Censorship – First and Second Ratings

From the China Journal, today:

[A new rating system] might start with a relatively simple “two rating” first — some films that failed the first round of censoring might gain access to the mainland under a different “rating.” How it would work remains unclear for now. But a second rating would probably leave room for some movies that would otherwise fail to meet the censor’s tough requirements on sex, violence and political content.

Tough requirements on sex, violence and political content? Gimme the budget, movie producers! JR will deliver.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Voice of Germany Chinese Department in Translation, More…

Xinhuanet, on December 22, published a report on the hearing at the Bundestag (German parliament, on December 18), concerning the Voice of Germany (Deutsche Welle) controversy. It starts with a detailed account of who was invited to the hearing, and ends with the remark that the opponents of Zhang Danhong, among them Wei Jingsheng, issued “a stream of non-specific criticism”.

Xinhuanet: Wei Jingsheng had to admit that he had never listened to the Deutsche Welle programs.

Then again, according to an article by Wei Jingsheng on December 28, this wasn’t news:

As a matter of fact, I have said from earlier on that I would not listen to the broadcast of the Deutsche Welle’s Chinese service that has been speaking on the CCP’s behalf.

The Social Democrats’ parliamentary group considers the allegations concerning the Chinese department’s government-friendliness invalidated (entkräftet).

Friday, January 16, 2009

Prepare your Inaugural Coverage – Carefully

Only four more days to go, dear anchor people at all the television stations all over the world, and don’t think of it as a piece of cake. Don’t think that simply because your studio guest is, for example, a fashion expert from Vanity Fair, it will be an apolitical and festive exchange of impressions about peoples’ appearances.

Brigitte Quinn reported from president Bush jr.s 2005 inauguration, and her fashion expert Judy Bachrach… umm… didn’t quite stick to the script.

Just wondering. Will Judy Bachrach be back this coming Tuesday? And what will she say about this year’s party?

She could repeat herself:

How about a modest party, just like FDR. I’m sure you’ll agree he was a pretty good president with a fine sense of what’s appropriate and what’s not.

I guess Ms Bachrach was referring to the economic crisis at the time of FDR’s first inauguration.

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