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Governments Are Beginning To Censor Much More Than Just What Makes Us Healthy

We all know how governments and the mainstream media try their best to censor the most effective information to prevent disease and enhance our health, but there's a common trend emerging that is attemping to suppress anything that may make people veer off course from government institutionalized and mainstream thought. In essence, restrictions on all forms of free thinking.

By controlling the flow media, nations have learned how to control the flow of information. Regardless of whether its attempting to convince the masses that the sun is bad for us or mercury, radiation, plutonium and pesticides are good for us, they're all lies to manipulate public opinion.

China has taken things one step further which could be a sign that other nations will follow in due time. In the latest crackdown on dissent, authorities want its citizens to uphold the country's values and not promote anything that would re-wrtite history.

Not that history hasn't already been re-writen by those elite entities that control the majority of the world's resources, but this is somewhat of a stretch when it comes to further controlling our true history as a species. The fact humans are much older than we've been told. The fact that ancient technology has far surpassed our current methods. The fact that human history is filled with rich contact with inner-terrestrial and extra-terrestrial life on this planet among others. Heaven forbid if that information was released to public. What would happen if people actually learned their true origin and what we really are?

Well China would love to suppress all these things. Shows that feature time travel have been effectively banned by the Chinese government after it issued new rules for TV and film directors. Chinese censors issued guidance to the film and television industry, which producers would be unwise to ignore if they want to stay on air.

Time travel is on the list of activities that have been banned for scriptwriters and directors since March 31 that includes reincarnation and feudal superstitions.

The guidance is for makers of TV programmes from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) that would make films like Back to the Future and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure contraband material.

Outlining the reason for it's decision to ban time travel, the Chinese government said: 'Producers and writers are treating serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.'

It added that the ban applies to films that contain 'fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and even a lack of positive thinking.'

'The government says TV dramas shouldn't have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history,' said CNN's Eunice Yoon.

A host of evidence over the past several weeks shows that Chinese authorities are more determined than ever to police cellphone calls, electronic messages, e-mail and access to the Internet in order to smother any hint of free thinking. In the cat-and-mouse game that characterizes electronic communications, analysts suggest that the cat is getting bigger, especially since revolts began to ricochet through the Middle East and North Africa, and homegrown efforts to organize protests in China began to circulate on the Internet about a month ago.

'They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.'

It also means that TV series like Dr Who, Star Trek and the X-Files are now banned along with the film Terminator.

The new ruling comes as the Communist party (CPC) prepares for its 90th anniversary in power, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

SARFT issued the guidance telling film makers they must  'Follow the central spirit of the CPC to celebrate its 90th anniversary on television.

'All levels should actively prepare to launch vivid reproductions of the Chinese revolution, the nation’s construction and its reform and opening up.'

The film and television arm of the government reports directly to China's cabinet, the State Council.

It has the power to pull the plug on any Chinese film or television series whenever and wherever it wishes.

“The hard-liners have won the field, and now we are seeing exactly how they want to run the place,” said Russell Leigh Moses, a Beijing analyst of China’s leadership. “I think the gloves are coming off.”

On Sunday, Google accused the Chinese government of disrupting its Gmail service in the country and making it appear as if technical problems at Google — not government intervention — were to blame.

Beyond these problems, anecdotal evidence suggests that the government’s computers, which intercept incoming data and compare it with an ever-changing list of banned keywords or Web sites, are shutting out more information. The motive is often obvious: For six months or more, the censors have prevented Google searches of the English word “freedom.”

Few analysts believe that the government will loosen controls any time soon, with events it considers politically sensitive swamping the calendar, including a turnover in the Communist Party’s top leadership next year.

“It has been double the guard, and double the guard, and you never hear proclamations about things being relaxed,” said Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China, an investment and strategy consultancy based in Beijing, and a 17-year resident of China. “We have never seen this level of control in the time I have been here, and I have been here since the beginning of the Internet.”

Analysts who study technology trends see the censorship happening all over the world. "This is not something confined to strictly one or two nations," said technology expert Wilfred Pande. "The U.S., Canada, and Europe are all seeing some level of censorship on the internet and television which prevents users from seeing or hearing specific information their governments do not want them to hear."

How far China or other countries will do to clamp down on electronic communications is unclear. Some analysts suggest that officials are exploring just how much inconvenience people are willing to tolerate. While sentiment is hard to gauge, a large segment of society rejects censorship and will rise above it at all costs.

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.


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