Singapore – A news organization led by one of China’s most prominent journalists is sounding the alarm about censorship and the growing restrictions on free speech, citing a source very familiar with the situation: itself.
On Tuesday, the influential and respected news organization Caixin Media posted an article on its English-language website reporting that the country’s Internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which it called “a government censorship organ,” had deleted a March 3 article on Caixin’s Chinese-language website because it contained “illegal content.”
The article, which Caixin said was removed on Saturday, quoted Jiang Hong, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body. It said he had expressed the view that advisers should be free to give their opinions to the Communist Party’s leaders, who have gathered this month for the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the country’s legislature. Mr. Jiang was quoted as saying that “certain events” had cast a shadow over the meetings, leaving attendees “a bit dazed” and not wanting “to talk too much.” The New York Times cited that Caixin article in a report on Friday.