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Chinese broadcaster 'displays anti-Communist messages', netizens suspect hacking

Published on Aug 2, 2014 11:09 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese cable television service broadcast messages attacking the ruling Communist party and calling for the release of a pro-democracy activist, locals said, in what appeared to be a rare hacking attack.

Viewers in the eastern city of Wenzhou on Friday used social media to post images of television messages referring to the Communist party as "bandits" and photographs of a bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

Such images are almost never shown by media in China, where the Communist party censors anti-government messages and references to incidents it deems sensitive such as the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown when the army killed hundreds, by some estimates thousands, of protestors.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the messages, which appeared on several different channels available through a local cable broadcaster, though Internet users speculated that the provider had been "hacked".

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