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Surveillance, Authority and Expertise
Surveillance, Authority and Expertise

The cameras … in Tiananmen Square were sold as advanced traffic control systems by Siemens Plessey. Yet after the 1989 massacre of students, there followed a witch hunt when the authorities tortured and interrogated thousands in an effort to ferret out the subversives. The Scoot surveillance system with USA-made Pelco cameras was used to faithfully record the protests. The images were repeatedly broadcast over Chinese television offering a reward for information, with the result that nearly all the transgressors were identified. (Wright, 1998: 17)

The preceding account of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre highlights a point that is often missing in media narratives of the incidents, by pointing at the Western origin of the cameras used for monitoring and ...

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