Re-analyzing the McDonald’s Murder With Gatekeeping Theory

From July 15 to 21, 2018, the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology hosted by the International Sociological Association, was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Canada. This congress focused on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice. During the event, Professor Massimo Introvigne, Founder and Director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) in Italy, used “gatekeeping” theory to analyze the McDonald’s Murder in Zhaoyuan, Shandong in 2014 and reveal the fact that the Chinese Communist government deliberately has concocted this violent incident and manipulated the media to create false news to frame and discredit The Church of Almighty God.