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"Occupy Wall Street," Chinese Media Changes Tune

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Chinese state-run media has apparently changed its tune on how it reports on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Analysts point out the protests where first reported as way to fan anti-American sentiment. But those kinds of reports have gone down, apparently because they generated public interest in starting similar movements inside China.

China's media have widely reported on "Occupy Wall Street" since the protests started in September. State-run news agencies ran in-depth analysis, while major microblogging sites dedicated whole sections to discuss the movement. But now, analysts say the reports are on the decline, apparently because they have accidentally directed public attention to social issues inside China.

Economist and author, He Qinglian noted in her blog on Voice of America that Chinese state-media are now toning down their Occupy Wall Street reports. On October 15 they published articles like this one, titled "Saying No to US Capitalism" along with numerous stories linking the protests to an apparent failed system of US governance. But He says the tone of reporting has changed in the last several days. This one dated October 17 talks about how the protests are not having any real effect. The overall coverage of the movement has also decreased.

Why the turn around? He and others believe it's because reports on the protests have turned the Chinese public's attention to problems in their own backyard. There have been sporadic online calls for similar "Occupy" gatherings to take place in China. Public support against social injustice, like the suppression of blind lawyer Chen Guangchen, has also picked up online.

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