Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Is Chinese Censorship Going Global? From parler

Posted by M. C. on October 29, 2021

The CEO of PEN America asks some compelling questions about China’s influence on free expression worldwide. In a recent Foreign Policy piece, Suzanne Nossel explains how China is “flexing its powers to impose censorship, of hard and soft varieties, beyond its own borders.”

Last month, Lithuanian officials were told to stop using Chinese-made phones after discovering they were programmed to censor hundreds of words and phrases Beijing considers objectionable. News articles sent to China for translation were scrubbed of criticism.
Hand holding a smartphone displaying the Chinese flag map and the word censdored
Most recently, Ma Chun-man became the second to be convicted under the new law. His crime? Chanting phrases like “Hong Kong independence, the only way out” on 20 occasions between August and November 2020.

China’s reach is broad, affecting scientific research, Hollywood, mass media, tech and education. Nossel proposes a three-pronged front to weaken China’s hold, which includes Western governments and democracies working together to prevent Beijing’s “growing sway over thought and expression in their countries.”
Chappelle pushes back… Dave Chappelle has made it clear: he won’t cave to cancel culture. The comedian posted a video of himself addressing an audience about the controversy surrounding his Netflix special.

While addressing the transgender community, Chappelle said, “I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anyone’s demands.”

Chappelle said The Closer was originally invited to every US film festival but was disinvited after it sparked controversy. He gave props to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos — “he’s the only one that didn’t cancel me yet.”

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