Even though the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in the heart of Beijing, Chinese citizens are among the least aware of the cataclysmic event – all because of government censorship which is now rapidly spreading beyond China.
Today China’s state-run media is completely ignoring the massacre, which claimed the lives of several hundred, and Chinese censors are even blocking out foreign newscasts reporting on the anniversary.
Around 850,000 security “volunteers” are also standing guard on Beijing’s city streets to ensure that no demonstrations occur in remembrance of the tragedy.
But it’s unlikely that mass demonstrations would take place anyway considering that even students of Beijing University, where the 1989 protests originated, are completely in the dark on the significance of today’s date due to the Communist Party’s success in eradicating free speech.
Journalists with PBS once went on campus and passed around a copy of the famous “Tank Man” photo, the iconic image of a lone protestor blocking a column of tanks in the Chinese capital, and the undergraduates who looked at it were bewildered.
“May I ask if this is a piece of your artwork?” One student asked the correspondents.
Likewise, an NPR reporter, Louisa Lim, performed an informal poll of 100 students at several of Beijing’s universities and found that only 15 of the students could correctly identify the photo, two of whom had never seen it before but correctly guessed.
“In fact, the number of students who mistakenly believed it to be a photo of a military parade was higher at 19 than those who recognized it,” she wrote in her book The People’s Republic of Amnesia, adding that the students are among the best educated in China.
This is why corrupt governments around the world are attracted to censorship: it allows those in power to gravely abuse human rights without care or restraint because the abuses are treated as if they never happened.
By controlling the flow of information, crooked politicians grant themselves the illusion of controlling reality, which is the ultimate goal for those striving for god-like power.
And unfortunately, various forms of censorship are already commonplace.
It was only yesterday that a former CBS journalist confirmed that mainstream media outlets were burying and even censoring stories that didn’t fit the establishment’s agenda.
“There’s a tendency in the news media, on the part of some managers, to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers,” Sharyl Attkisson said in an interview with The Daily Signal. “I think that’s really a very dangerous perspective to have.”
Similarly, the world’s power brokers are attempting to phase out national sovereignty with an international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and one provision of the TPP would create an international “Internet police” that will have the power to censor web content and even shut down whole web sites.
“TPP raises significant concerns about citizens’ freedom of expression, due process, innovation, the future of the Internet’s global infrastructure, and the right of sovereign nations to develop policies and laws that best meet their domestic priorities,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote.
Yet the White House is throwing full support behind the TPP.
The European Union has also proposed a similar program, called the Clean IT project, which would allow European police to patrol Facebook and other social networks in search of so-called “extremist material,” which would no doubt have a chilling effect on free speech.
But the project goes even further than that by advocating the total elimination of on-line anonymity.
So unfortunately, while many people relate censorship with China, censorship is actually exploding across the globe as the most powerful politicians on the planet solidify their control over the world’s population.
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