Wednesday, January 21, 2009

China Censors Obama

China, Mediacom Cut Parts of Obama Speech

You know who else cut out part of Obama's speech besides Mediacom? Red China.

China's leaders appear to have been upset by references to facing down communism and silencing dissent.

Who knows what Mediacom was upset about, but the BBC continues:

In his inauguration address, President Obama said: "Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions."

That entire passage was retained for an English-language version of the speech that appeared on the website of state-run Xinhua news agency. But in the Chinese-language version, the word "communism" was taken out.

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history," the president said.

Once again, Xinhua included the passage in full in its English version, but the sentence was taken out of the Chinese translation.

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