China edits Obama's inaugural speech

State TV cuts mentions of 'communism' and 'dissent'

BANGKOK -- China's state-run flagship broadcaster CCTV showed Barack Obama's inaugural address in the wee hours Wednesday morning, but cut away when he said that Americans of "earlier generations faced down fascism and communism."

When the new president began the sentence that included the word "communism," the anchor interrupted the telecast, scrambling to ask an analyst via video link about U.S. economic problems. China's top Web portals Sina and Sohu followed suit, cutting into Obama's speech and omitting the word "communism" from their online transcripts and translations.

The following line from Obama's speech was deleted entirely from the two Nasdaq-listed portals:

"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Another popular, Nasdaq-listed portal, Netease, kept the paragraph mentioning dissent, and the full speech appeared on the Web site of Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix TV.

A video clip of the interrupted CCTV broadcast was posted on Danwei, a Web site that watches Chinese media and advertising.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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