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Fearful China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2011

From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
One of the propaganda department’s greatest recent battles in the history wars–how to manage the cataclysmic collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe in the late eighties and early nineties–is still being fought out today. As late as 2006, an eight-episode DVD series about the lessons from the Soviet Union’s demise, classified as ‘secret’, was distributed to central, provincial and city-level party bodies as compulsory viewing. Ahead of the 2007 party congress, the authorities were still on the lookout for any mention of the Soviet collapse and the Cold War that preceded it. Before the meeting, the department issued twenty general guidelines for editors in the choice of news for the year. Edict nineteen directed them to ‘strictly control reports on the ninetieth anniversary of the October Revolution and not to play up the disintegration of the Soviet Union’.

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