China has launched a new app that will allow citizens to report others who criticize the ruling Chinese Communist Party or question its account of history online.
“Released by China’s cyber regulator, along with a similar hotline, the app aims to crack down on ‘historical nihilists’ ahead of the Party’s 100th anniversary in July, the regulator said in a statement on Friday,” Dialy Mail Uk reported.
An arm of Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said the app and hotline will allow and encourage citizens to report fellow internet users who spread ‘mistaken opinions’ online in order to create a ‘good public opinion atmosphere’.
Such offenses would include ‘distorting’ the Party’s history, attacking its leadership and policies, defaming national heroes and ‘deny the excellence of advanced socialist culture’ online, the notice said.
“For a while now, some people with ulterior motives… have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking.
‘We hope that the majority of Internet users will actively play their part in supervising society … and enthusiastically report harmful information,’ it said.
‘Historical nihilism’ is a phrase used in China to describe public doubt and skepticism over the Chinese Communist Party’s description of past events.
China’s internet is tightly censored and most foreign social media networks, search engines and news outlets are banned in the country.
If you’re unfamiliar with “historical nihilism” here’s a little background. It’s China’s term for public skepticism about the Communist Party’s version of past events. It’s an expression that has been getting a lot of play in China in recent years, since the Party launched a campaign against historical nihilism – basically, against anything critical of the Party’s legacy, its past leaders or its leadership.
However, the term is like water off a duck’s back to Professor Robert Bickers, from the history department of Britain’s University of Bristol.
“I am very pleased to be labeled a historical nihilist – that’s now forbidden in China. It’s one of the seven ‘don’t speaks’ on university campuses and basically what it means is doing history properly, critically, assessing the facts,” Bickers told an audience in Hong Kong.
CHINA’S 100 ANNIVERSARY
According to asia.nikkei.com:
The Communist Party of China will commemorate its 100th anniversary in July, as the country largely succeeds in containing the coronavirus and experiences a robust economic recovery.
But congratulatory remarks are hardly being heard from the rest of the world — the CPC under the leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping is reinforcing its one-party rule even at the risk of friction with foreign governments.
The atmosphere in the Huairen Hall in Zhongnanhai, a former imperial garden in Beijing where top CPC leaders have their offices, was filled with tension on Dec. 24 and 25 when Xi, who also serves as president of China, gathered the CPC’s 25 Politburo members there for a “Democratic Life Meeting” session.
Such a meeting is not an occasion for party cadres to discuss problems in daily life in a democratic manner. It is a rather a gathering where participants criticize themselves as well as their superiors and colleagues and reportedly started by Mao Zedong to expose his political foes.
Since taking the reins of China in 2012, Xi has placed emphasis on the meeting. The theme of the latest session was to “earnestly learn the thought of unique socialism in China in the new age of Xi Jinping.”
State-controlled China Central Television aired each of the 25 Politburo members reporting to Xi. They must have pledged fidelity to him.
It was likely no coincidence that on the first day of the meeting, the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antimonopoly watchdog, began an investigation into Chinese electronic commerce giant Alibaba Group.
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