China’s Censorship Army

By posted at 2:00 pm on October 27, 2013 1

Not only does China employ some two million censors to monitor microblogs and the internet, but the nation also has a formidable staff – both official and unofficial – to monitor literature and print publications. Indeed, reports Andrew Jacobs for The New York Times, “It is the editors at Chinese publishing houses themselves who often turn out to have the heaviest hands. ‘Self-censorship has become the most effective weapon,’ said the editor in chief of a prominent publishing house in Beijing … ‘If you let something slip through that catches the attention of a higher-up, it can be a career killer.’”

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One Response to “China’s Censorship Army”

  1. Maureen Murphy
    at 2:34 pm on October 27, 2013

    On the weekend before Halloween, a true nightmare scenario… gives me the chills just to read it. Suppose the next (unspoken) levels below this one are the self-censorship of the writer-careerist to avoid catching the attention of the editor and the self-censorship of the unconscious to avoid catching the attention of the conscious writer-careerist.

    And from our side of the pond, a slightly different flavor of fascism:

    “If none of us ever read a book that was ‘dangerous,’ nor had a friend who was ‘different,’ or never joined an organization that advocated ‘change,’ we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.”

    Edward R. Murrow

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