Message from China

Message from China

For the past ten years, Dr Anne-Marie Brady from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has been visiting China to investigate how the Chinese Communist Party has adapted its propaganda methods to suit the 21st century.

The 1980s were troubled times for China, culminating in the cataclysmic events in Tienanmen Square in 1989. By the end of the decade China faced a major political crisis, and analysts predicted that the "Party State" was doomed.

Yet two decades on, the Chinese Communist Party's grip on political power remains strong and China is a dynamic society with a vibrant economy.

How has the CCP maintained its monopoly on political power while dismantling most of the traditional features of the socialist system?

This programme looks at changes in the propaganda system in China over the last two decades. Dr Brady talks to CCP propaganda officials, spin doctors, publishers, web managers, artists, journalists and writers who have to work within the confines of the system.

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