publicity vs propaganda

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DUAN YU

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Chinese
Hello, friends! There is a problem confusing me, namely, the difference between publicity and propaganda. There is a sentence, "
We should carry out intensive publicity and education about the law." I wonder if the word "publicity" can be replaced by "propaganda". Thanks for your help.
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    Hi, Duan Yu. "Propaganda" has strongly negative associations in the U.S. and probably the U.K. as well. To people over here, "propaganda" means little more than "lies told by authority figures to manipulate public opinion." "Publicity" is far more neutral in tone. For that reason, it is more likely in texts or speech that is meant to have a positive meaning.
     
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