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    CANTON & PEKING CHINA

    The Chinese authorities have been trying to persuade the population to fill in forms correctly for the first official census since 1964.

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    GARY LING
    1. TV PAN Canton city. 0.16
    2. SV PAN Cyclists threading away through motorised traffic, past posters urging them to fill in census form. 0.28
    3. LV ZOOM TO SV Mini-bus with loudspeakers urging people to take part in census. 0.41
    4. LV & CU Crowd pushing bicycles over bridge. 0.51
    5. LV PAN Completed apartment buildings TO housing blocks under construction. 1.00
    6. SV PAN & LV People passing street loudspeaker announcing census, then entering census registration centre. (3 SHOTS) 1.21
    7. SV & CU INTERIOR Officials filling in forms at desk, while people remain seated waiting turn. (3 SHOTS) 1.41
    8. CU PAN Census poster. 1.49
    CCTV (PEKING)
    9. SCU Premier Zhao filling in census form in his Peking office. (2 SHOTS) 2.14
    GARY LING (CANTON)
    10. GV EXTERIOR Officials calling at private house. 2.25
    11. CU PAN & SV INTERIOR FROM TV set TO official helping fill in form while women with baby sit and watch. (2 SHOTS) 2.40
    12. GV PAN EXTERIOR Provincial government computer centre. 2.48
    13. LV PAN & CU INTERIOR Computer operators at work with VDU's, while checking forms.(7 SHOTS) 3.24
    14. SV PAN EXTERIOR Traffic and people in Canton streets. 3.33
    InitialsDF/JRS


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    Background: CANTON & PEKING CHINA

    The Chinese authorities have been trying to persuade the population to fill in forms correctly for the first official census since 1964. The census started on June 30 and was preceded by a nationwide publicity campaign. Huge posters were put up, in public places, like those in the city of Canton, national television called upon citizens to exercise a responsible attitude, and loudspeaker vans toured the cities. Even the highest in the land have to comply with the census. Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang is seen here completing the form in his Peking office. The whole exercise, designed to produce an authoritative estimate of the population size, costs about 380 million yuan (200 million US dollars) and 5.7 million census officials have been employed. Random checks were carried out on one per cent of households to make sure the message had been understood. The problem faced by officials was that some citizens just did not want to give the true figures. Peasants working illegally in the cities did not want to advertise their presence, and families with four children did not want to admit to contravening government instructions to confine themselves to one child only. The statistics are being sorted and assessed by computer in the different provinces and final figures are not expected to be available until 1984.

    Source: REUTERS - GARY LING & CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION (CCTV)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5P3OZC0IH7H9AQ3MC7TSS3QY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5P3OZC0IH7H9AQ3MC7TSS3QY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:47:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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