Tying Up the Tube

If a single company could control all the foreign broadcasts everyone in China watched on TV, it would make a lot of money. If that company was owned by the communist government, the vast Chinese masses might only see and hear what those authorities wanted them to. But in the messy modern world of information anarchy, could Beijing's overlords ever succeed in such a plan?

They're trying. Last week, in an article buried in the Chinese-language newspaper Hong Kong Economic Journal, Beijing revealed a blueprint to create a powerful new government company that will hold a monopoly on...

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