China must crack down on critical online speech: Communist Party journal
BEIJING (REUTERS) - An influential Communist Party journal on Monday decried online speech critical of the ruling Communist Party and government, comparing Internet rumours to denunciation posters during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution.
"There are some who make use of the open freedom of cyberspace to engage in wanton defamation, attacking the party and the government," said the journal Qiushi, which means "seeking truth" in Chinese.
"The Internet is full of all kinds of negative news and critical voices saying the government only does bad things and everything it says is wrong."
The magazine said online rumours were no better than than "big character posters", hand-written signs put up in public places during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution to spread propaganda, often denouncing people and institutions as counter-revolutionary or bourgeois.