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How to smear your enemies and silence critics, Chinese Communist Party style (qz.com)
53 points by hardmaru 57 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

The strategy of convicting them of a seemingly unrelated non-political crime is one reason why mass surveillance is a big problem. An entity with a grudge against you can surely find some minor crime you committed.

It's also why the Hong Kong extradition bill not covering political crimes is not a real reassurance to protestors.

Nothing new there. Most of these are standard techniques on social media and used all over the world.

Whether this information is new or not is irrelevant. China continues to use these techniques and the world should be aware of it.

Indeed "By Heather Timmons June 22, 2016" but timely to bring it up today: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/22/asia/hong-kong-staffer-china-...

>British consulate employee detained for 'solicitation of prostitution,' Chinese state-run newspaper... >A Hong Kong citizen working for the British consulate, who has not been heard from for two weeks, was detained in China for "solicitation of prostitution," China's state-run tabloid Global Times...

>>Step 1: Attack the person, not the politics >>Go after your target’s character, without addressing the government actions they are complaining about. This is particularly effective when you have complete control of the media, as is the case inside mainland China. … >>Step 4. Cherchez la femme >>A good smear campaign is always better with a bit of a sex scandal, the more humiliating the better.

Related information [1] about the German secret police unit that operated in much the same fashion in East Germany after WWII ended.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi

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