Seeds: Both the Chinese government and their economy have been hot-topics since the creation of The People’s Republic of China in 1949. The only major world power that remains communist, the Chinese government’s history of influence is tainted with its suppression of human rights.
Core: Evidence of this suppression can be seen in the past few weeks. For one, a Chinese columnist who wrote an anonymous letter calling for the President’s resignation went missing. The letter appeared briefly online, but was quickly taken down, evidence of one of many recent “high-profile censorship incidents.” Interestingly, a member of China’s parliament, Jiang Hong, has conducted interviews with western media outlets, discussing the problems with the Chinese parliamentary process.
Skin: While the words of Jiang Hong are spread throughout other countries, they remain unheard of in China. This expression of free speech is not only frowned upon, but unheard of in China. The public is not only deprived of the right to speak their mind, (everything from Twitter to Youtube is banned), but they also cannot hear the voices of their own people.
Leaves: On the Chinese Internet, words like the words “persecution” and “democracy movement” are outlawed all in the name of “maintaining peace.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely that the censorship will be reduced anytime soon. Clearly, there is some unrest over this, but only time will tell whether or not the strict regime will allow any changes.
Food For Thought: What do you think of the censorship in China? Do you think there is more the people are being deprived of than we even know? Do you think it is a problem that foreign nations should try to address?