Friday, January 26, 2007

China Sacrifices Chinese Tradition to Appease Muslims...

Doesn't anyone realise how WRONG this is????
Where is it going to end?
Year of the bleep
Sydney Morning Herald
Jan 25, 2007
China's ruling Communist Party has banned images and mention of pigs in TV advertisements airing over the lunar new year to avoid offending the country's Muslims, an advertising agency said on Friday.
"We were told by the CCTV (China Central Television) censorship team that the CCTV advertising department announced a new regulation on pigs in its internal document," an executive at the Shanghai-based Mindshare agency said.
The ban also applies to cartoons and traditional paper-cut images of pigs, and to slogans such as "golden pig brings you fortune" and "wish you a happy pig year", the executive said.
He said the decision was taken "in order to avoid nationality conflicts" and issued by Li Changchun, a top party propaganda official and a member of the party's elite Politburo.
"The regulation only applies to advertisements," a staff member in the CCTV advertising department said, refusing to answer further questions.
CCTV and other state broadcasters normally run dozens of popular variety shows and other special programs before and during the one-week national holiday to mark the lunar new year.
The Year of the Pig begins on February 18.


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