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Judging from the recent international media headlines, something very drastic is going on in the Peop
March 18 · Issue #28 · View online
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Judging from the recent international media headlines, something very drastic is going on in the People’s Republic of China this month. “Peppa Pig: A Pink, Snouty Enemy of the Chinese State” (The Guardian), “Children’s Cartoon Peppa Pig Banned from Chinese TV and Books” (Daily Star), “Why is China Banning Winny the Pooh” (Newsweek), “Children’s Books and China’s Crackdown on Western Ideology” (The New Yorker): the reports on an alleged ban on foreign (children’s) books in China and the Peppa Pig exodus have everyone on high alert.
But Chinese state media responded and called these reports a “hype ignited by mainstream foreign media to make China look bad.” Has Peppa Pig really left the building, as many foreign media say, or is there a point in saying that this whole matter has become too much of a hype? In our latest article we look into the matter. 
Other remarkable media reports also became much talked-about topics. Such as when Lhasa came out as “China’s happiest city” in a recent CCTV survey, or when a CCTV show on exposing business scandals got involved in a scandal of its own on Wednesday. 
Media, both foreign & Chinese, sometimes also become messy in their attempt to score clicks in an overcrowded online news environment. Like when Global Times recently published a remarkably tasteless headline, saying: “If Angelina Jolie Had Eaten This Way, Would She Still Have Breasts Removed?” Or when multiple websites reported on “the world’s most luxurious horse stables” being located in Dubai - while they are actually in China!
For that and more, check out all of our recent articles. Also a warm welcome to our new subscribers who participated in the NordVPN giveaway. The two winners have been notified last Tuesday, congratulations. 
For any comments or questions, tweet me @manyapan.
Best, Manya Koetse (editor-in-chief @whatsonweibo).

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