My good friend and patna Fraggle Beanmilk has just been hired by a large daily newspaper here in the Du. They signed ol' Beanmilk to a three year contract and the training began yesterday.
So far, she has learned that Marxist Theory on the media is right in line with the current Party theory and with all the other red theories inbetween.
"A propaganda tool has no freedom."
this was bluntly put to the new reporters today. Yesterday they learned that the media is the servant of the people, the society, the nation, the Party and the government. As such, there can be no bad influences emanating from the pages of any outlet. Nothing that may damage the interests, plans or work of the government may be reported. Nothing that may hurt the feelings of the people or upset the harmony of society may be reported. Nothing that deals with bums, child labor, corrupt officials, dirty sewers or ridiculous traffic can be reported.
There are a host of topics and themes that must be reported in an appropriate manner. Taiwan must be labeled an area and all its "officials" must have "quotation marks" around their titles.
You can not put Islam and pigs on the same page. You cannot in any form or manner report on anything that might be bad for the Party. The priority of the news is as follows: Party politics, timely events, news.
and so on. Any infraction will result in getting fired immediately.
One good example that the "professors" gave them was of the two advertising production guys who let an ad through that commemorated June 4, 1989 (6.4 as it is known in China). Those two guys did not know about 6.4, so the government's indoctrination program had actually been successful, but they were fired anyway. For not knowing any better.