“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Beijing's Bold New Censorship


Earlier this year, I saw a standard contract that a major Beijing publisher uses with its authors and that no doubt reflects practice all across China. Provision Two of the contract lists the items to be censored: any language that violates the honor or interests of the state, harms national unity, leaks state secrets, insults the nation’s outstanding cultural traditions, and so on; a catch-all category at the end says, “or that violates other regulations.” Provision Five spells out who will decide which words in a text are to be censored:

Publisher has the right, in accordance with the publishing laws and regulations of the State, to make deletions, revisions, and additions to the Work. If changes are major, Publisher should consult with Author to obtain agreement. If Author refuses to revise or, after repeated revisions, has failed to satisfy Provision Two of this agreement, Publisher has the right to cancel the contract.


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past negotiation table/channel NOT shared by A. B. nor C. --> silence is golden. no tracking capability is provable nor desirable?

susan, September 22, 2017, 9:55a.m.

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Reader's comments are considered 'publication' or not on 纸托邦自我批评的精神 丢哪儿了

susan, September 27, 2017, 2:57p.m.

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"Essentially anything that might allow for nongovernmental communication to or between Chinese citizens is problematic, but it is not clear to me that these limitations are intended to be anti-foreign, as China does not really want any private entities, foreign or Chinese, engaging in these activities without strict governmental oversight." WOW ... BIG brother needs to be in every aspect of people's life now? holy cow... is this reading really accurate?

susan, September 27, 2017, 4:15p.m.


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