CNN reporter in China gets a dose of communist control on Tiananmen anniversary

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Screen capture … Plainclothes police shut down CNN’s Matt Rivers … Credit: CNN

Censorship has never been more far-reachingly effective in the communist paradise of the People’s Republic of China than it is today, 30-years after the government’s brutal massacre of an unknown number of protesting Chinese citizens.

A clear reminder of the censorship state was evident when a CNN journalist’s live report was quickly shut down in Beijing by the omnipresent state security forces on June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.

There is a bit of irony there, given how some refer to CNN … the Communist News Network … and how they embrace far-left socialist ideals and politicians in the United States who ache to transform our country into a state-run utopia.

The communist regime in China has no interest whatsoever in recognizing the event 30 years ago in Tiananmen Square in Beijing that cost untold hundreds or even thousands of lives. Official casualty figures have never been released. Internet connections to outside news sources have reportedly been cut whenever the subject is mentioned, and any search results are censored to the point that the real circumstances of what happened during that period of time is largely unknown by Chinese citizens today.

Watch what happened when reporter Matt Rivers of CNN was accosted by plainclothes security on Tuesday as he began to talk about the anniversary …

Video by CNN

Rivers tweeted a brief explanation afterward …

In the weeks preceding June 4, 1989, when events culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre, millions of Chinese citizens across the country were involved in peaceful protests calling for governmental reforms. The event is known as the June Fourth Incident in China.

It all started on April 15, 1989, when students began protests calling for democracy. According to Wikipedia, at the height of the protests, as many as one million people assembled in the square. June 4, authorities declared martial law and ordered troops and tanks to put down the protests, as a threat to the government. The troops and tanks fired into the crowds, and some estimates claim thousands were killed and thousands more wounded, including demonstrators and bystanders alike.

According to Wikipedia, after the massacre …

“The Chinese government made widespread arrests of protesters and their supporters, suppressed other protests around China, expelled foreign journalists, strictly controlled coverage of the events in the domestic press, strengthened the police and internal security forces, and demoted or purged officials it deemed sympathetic to the protests. More broadly, the suppression halted the policies of liberalization in the 1980s. Considered a watershed event, the protests set the limits on political expression in China up to the present day. Its memory is widely associated with questioning the legitimacy of Communist Party rule and remains one of the most sensitive and most widely censored topics in China.”

A tweeted Fox News report addresses the current tensions surrounding Tiananmen and the Chinese government’s current draconian control over its citizens …

And a report by CNN actually contained a good amount of truth about the Massacre and its lasting legacy …

Video by CNN



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