Xi demands total media loyalty during tour of top state news outlets

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AP

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare high-profile tour of the country’s top three state-run media outlets Friday, telling editors and reporters they must pledge absolute loyalty to the party and closely follow its leadership in “thought, politics and action.”

The remarks by Xi, also head of the ruling Communist Party, are the latest sign of the party’s increasingly tighter control over all media and Xi’s unceasing efforts to consolidate his powers.

Xi overshadowed the party’s propaganda chief, Liu Yunshan, who accompanied him on his visits to the newsrooms of the party newspaper People’s Daily, the official Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster China Central Television.

At CCTV, Xi was welcomed by a placard pledging loyalty to the party. “The central television’s family name is the party,” the sign read, anticipating remarks made by Xi at a later meeting.

“The media run by the party and the government are the propaganda fronts and must have the party as their family name,” Xi told the propaganda workers at the meeting, during which he demanded absolute loyalty from state media.

“All the work by the party’s media must reflect the party’s will, safeguard the party’s authority and safeguard the party’s unity,” Xi said. “They must love the party, protect the party and closely align themselves with the party leadership in thought, politics and action.”

Willy Lam, an expert on elite Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Xi is raising standards for the state media by requiring that they obey the will of the party’s core leadership, which is increasingly defined by Xi himself in another sign of how he has accrued more personal authority than either of his last two predecessors.

“This is a very heavy-handed ideological campaign to drive home the point of total loyalty to the party core,” Lam said. “On one hand, Xi’s influence and power are now unchallenged, but on the other hand, there is a palpable degree of insecurity.”

Lam said Xi faces lurking challenges not only from within different party factions but also from among a disaffected public, unhappy with the slowing economy and a recent stock market meltdown.

Zhang Lifan, a Beijing-based independent historian and political observer, said the tour of state media added further to Xi’s burgeoning personality cult. “I am afraid we will see more personal deification in the media in the future,” Zhang said. “I think Xi is declaring his sovereignty over the state media to say who’s really in charge.”

  • CaptainAsia

    I feel sorry for the Chinese People, it is like: “do what I say or perish”, alas they have no freedom at all. How can you live like that???

    • Pink Floyd

      I feel sorry for Japanese people, it’s like ” tow the line or you perish” no freedom at all just the illusion of such… how can you live like that?

  • Roy Warner

    Meanwhile, back in Japan, Abe demands total media loyalty and his communications minister threatens broadcasters with suspension of their licenses if they are not impartial in each program, impartiality to be defined at a later date by said minister.

  • lushnya

    That was a very big historical mistake of Nixon’s american administration to cooperate with communistic China and help it’s growth. They helped country which even before First World war was biggest from any other by population (to the start of XX century 300 mlns chinese citizens) – no one from “Antanta” union or etc. have such many.
    The only thing which today physically stops China to grow even more and much more dangerously – is Russia and it’s territory. China wants by any way get to western markets, they even revived that silly “silk way” because all prosperity, all money, all technologies China got from West and mainly from USA. There’s no local chinese resources of that in communistic regime, such ideology do not even have such idioms.
    China wants to build railroad directly to USA territory connecting the continents Eurasia with Alaska – to grow even more (it’s their government project). The only problem for them – Russia do not allowing them, this railroad to the north do not have any other way except by russian territories of Siberia. The most scandalous part – China do not even consulting with it’s neighbor when published such railroad “projects” which was very rude.
    China thoroughly searching the way to deliver it’s export to Europe faster and get money faster – they researching the arctic way for ships, but it’s also russian waters and ports…
    The only thing that stopping today China to be even bigger and dangerous is Russia, without it if China makes it’s plans the USA dominance will be over.

    • lushnya

      Western money and technologies (the main blood-flow of China power) are too liberal without any projections of political outcome what they doing. This is also the main absurd of our time that “freedom” money fueling the one of the most oppressive regime on the world.
      When investor putting money into chinese economy, they are not only making profit but also making the communistic party more powerful – the system there’s no any elections or debates and even no human rights on paper, China haven’t ratified any UN treaties which limiting the power of “party”.
      We all know that the situation when western liberal money stop fueling China can be only when military conflict with USA will be inevitable, that standard “embargo” reaction when it will be too late to save anything.

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • parkmcgraw

    The request for absolute loyalty to a leader of a one party nation is an indication of great insecurity and possible instability in the near future.

    The differences separating Xi from Kim (N. Korea) diminishing rapidly.

    Park McGraw

  • Jay

    Nevermind China, tell us why Ichiro Furutachi, Hiroko Kuniya, and Shigetada Kishii were just dismissed for asking tough questions about the policies of the Abe administration?

  • jr_hkkdo

    This is what totalitarian dictatorships do…it allows the govt leaders to lie to the people anytime they want.