(RightIsRight.co) – Communist China controls its citizens by manipulating the narratives they hear. This month marks a year since whispers of the novel coronavirus began, and multiple news sites have recently uncovered just how much China censored critical information about the virus in the first few months of the pandemic.
Documents secured and verified by ProPublica and the New York Times show that the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, the man who first warned of the likelihood of a pandemic, was censored by the Cyberspace Administration of China in February. The Communist state wanted its citizens to believe they had the situation under control and the virus was not that dangerous.
ProPublica detailed more of how China directed the narrative on Twitter:
Headlines should steer clear of the words “incurable” & “fatal,” one directive said, “to avoid causing societal panic.” The word “lockdown” should not be used, said another. Multiple directives emphasized “negative” news about COVID was not to be promoted. https://t.co/ID1JpEAhuI
— ProPublica (@propublica) December 20, 2020
In addition to censoring news and limiting the spread of factual information, the Communist country even used trolls to inundate the internet with “party line blather” to distract from the crisis.
China’s desire and ability to keep its citizens in the dark should not go unnoticed. The country silences its people with its actions, and it hopes to do the same with other countries, including the United States.
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