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Quotable: CECC on Chinese limits on freedom of expression

Saturday, October 22nd 2016

“Government and Party control of the press continued to violate international press standards with censorship and propaganda instructions to limit the scope of news content.”

 

Headline:     Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2016 Annual Report

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Quotable: PEN Center America on Chinese censorship of book translations

Thursday, July 7th 2016

Understanding how a government seeks to shape opinion requires more than looking at the messages it directs outward, whether to portray itself favorably or to discredit rival nations and/or ideas. A 360-degree view must also look at how governments portray themselves to their own people – using government communications, opinion campaigns, media, broadcasting, film, museums, and historical narratives, for instance.  This easily expands into protecting the government’s version of goals, themes, and history from domestic and foreign opinion that might contradict the approved national narrative – using censorship.  This is why Public Diplomacy officers are especially sensitive to media controls and censorship.

 

China provides an important case study, reported at length in a May 20, 2015, report by PEN Center America, “Censorship and Conscience:  Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship.”  Translation of foreign books has become an important business in China, and foreign books have the potential to enlarge Chinese public views on many subjects.  The government, however, uses several levers to assure that translations to not cross any political and social red lines – described in the report.  Readers may recall that there were many omissions in the Chinese edition of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, published in 2014.

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Sarah Feuer on Morocco, Tunisia, and engagement with “State Islam”

Sunday, June 26th 2016

In a study published in June, 2016, by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, “State Islam in the Battle Against Extremism,” Soref Fellow Sarah Feuer examined the official establishments that govern Islam in Morocco and Tunisia – and by implication, other countries.  She argued that these can be important actors in confronting violent extremism.  Her article reviewed (1) the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Countries, (2) “State Islam,” and (3) recommendations for U.S. policymakers.  Public Diplomacy would surely be engaged.  Here are some wave tops:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: David Wertheim on China’s social media trolls –- the “50-cent army”

Thursday, June 9th 2016

“They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace. They are, to hear their ideological opponents tell it, ‘fiercely ignorant,’ keen to ‘insert themselves in everything,’ and preen as if they were ‘spokesmen for the country.’”  This opened David Wertime’s May 19, 2016, article, “Meet the Chinese Trolls Pumping Out 488 Million Fake Social Media Posts,” on Foreign Policy’s Tea Leaf Nation website.  Here are a few highlights:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Quotable: Andrew Nathan on Xi Jinping and “ideological conformity”

Friday, April 29th 2016

In an article in the May 12, 2016, issue of The New York Review of Books, “Who Is Xi?,” Andrew J. Nathan of Columbia University profiled China’s leader, Xi Jinping.  The long portrait included these quotes:

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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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