Chinese Communist elders call for ending censorship
Oct. 13 (McClatchy Newspapers): Almost two dozen former Chinese Communist Party officials and academics have signed a petition demanding that government censorship in China be dismantled in favor of the freedom-of-speech rights enshrined in the national constitution.
While the document itself isn’t likely to lead to immediate change, its unusually direct language poses a challenge to China’s leaders to state their intentions about civil liberties.
In one section, the letter says that China’s censorship system is “315
years behind England and 129 years behind France.” Farther down, it
says bluntly, “Our propaganda organs have a horrid reputation within
the party and in society.”
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