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Internet Censorship In China Given An Anthem

February 23, 2015

Amidst news earlier this year that China was increasing its internet censorship and fortifying the firewalls it has in place, it has since been revealed that there has been an anthem written and released based on the subject of China's strict internet protocols, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal report.

The Cyberspace Administration of China is the government agency in charge of Internet policies and they showcased the song at the Lunar New Year Internet Media Celebration held by the Beijing Internet Association. The song, entitled "Cyberspace Spirit", was sung by a professional choir and the lyrics were written by Wang Pingjiu, who wrote the anthem for the Beijing Olympics. The lyrics include references to China's internet "turning the global village into the most beautiful scene" and claims that "the Chinese dream is uplifting China." It concludes with the line: "An Internet power: I represent my nation to the world."

There is a strong focus on the innovation and unique structure of China's internet which is subject to various firewalls. A number of globally successful apps and websites are unavailable in the country. Although China is open about its desire to control the internet and impose various censors, this is the first time it has expressed the sentiment behind the practice in song.

Despite the enthusiasm put into the creation and performance of the song, a number of video recordings of the showcase have been deleted from various websites. The performance is still available in some online spaces, but the video itself failed to go viral and did garner some negative attention. Comments have compared the song to old revolutionary songs.

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