The next censorship directions, issued to the media and web corporations by authorities authorities, have been leaked and distributed on-line. The identify of the issuing physique has been omitted to guard the supply.
Directive: Don’t report on Zhou _ _’s lawsuit in opposition to Zhu Jun, no exceptions.
Censorship Requirements: Don’t embrace any content material on Zhou _ _’s (display screen identify Xianzi) lawsuit in opposition to Zhu Jun, no exceptions.
Directive: Relating to the upcoming launch of the fourth spherical of reform plans for provincial college entrance examinations, strictly adhere to authoritative native sources of knowledge. Don’t… [missing text]
Censorship requirements for video and graphics: Relating to the upcoming launch of the fourth spherical of reform plans for provincial college entrance examinations, strictly adhere to authoritative… [missing text]
Censorship requirements for feedback: All feedback on associated articles have to be reviewed, and the path of the commentary have to be strictly managed. (September 13-14, 2021) [Chinese]
CDT Chinese language editors observe that this screenshot can’t be verified. In 2018, Zhou Xiaoxuan—a screenwriter who goes by the nickname Xianzi (弦子)—posted an article on Weibo describing how superstar tv host Zhu Jun assaulted her in his dressing room in 2014, when she was a 25-year-old intern working at CCTV. The article went viral, galvanizing China’s #MeToo motion and inciting intimidation and threats in opposition to Xianzi and her dad and mom. In response, Zhu Jun filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to Xianzi and a buddy of hers, in search of compensation of 650,000 yuan ($100,000) for harm to his repute. Xianzi counter-sued for sexual harassment beneath China’s new Civil Code, in search of a public apology and 50,000 yuan ($7,700) in damages. The lawsuit wound its method by means of Beijing’s Haidian District Court docket for 3 years, throughout which period the court docket persistently refused to confess Xianzi’s 2014 police report, DNA proof, surveillance footage, and different proof that may assist to show her case. A closed ten-hour listening to in December 2020 was inconclusive, and a second listening to on Might 21, 2021 was abruptly postponed. On September 14, 2021, Xianzi’s case was dismissed for “lack of proof,” though she has vowed to enchantment.
Over the past three years, social media platforms similar to Weibo and Douban have been actively censoring dialogue of the case, and have been fast to droop or completely shut accounts of customers who put up about it. Xianzi’s private Weibo account was banned throughout a mass purge of LGTBQ+ and #MeToo Weibo accounts earlier this 12 months. This newest court docket determination has triggered yet one more spherical of censorship and social media account closures. Accounts that used the hashtag #speakingoutforthesilenced have been shut down utterly, whereas people who used the hashtag #wedemandanswersfromhistory (the slogan supporters brandished on placards exterior the primary listening to) have been hit with suspensions of 1 or two weeks. One Douban person created a partial record of victimized accounts and requested that it’s shared extensively, in protest in opposition to Weibo’s censorship: “As we speak just isn’t solely the second listening to in Xianzi’s lawsuit in opposition to Zhu Jun, but additionally the day that our innumerable sisters have been ‘murdered’ on Weibo for supporting Xianzi and talking out on her behalf.” Protocol’s Shen Lu reported on the deletions:
The Tuesday trial was closed to exterior observers, and tech corporations like Weibo at the moment are actively blocking public discussions of the court docket ruling. Shortly after the trial, Weibo customers (together with this creator) began receiving messages from platform directors that notified them of account suspensions as a result of latest posts that “violated related nationwide legal guidelines and laws,” which is the language most steadily used to establish politically disfavored on-line speech. The suspension home windows vary between seven days and 30 days. Throughout their suspensions, customers can not remark or share. Some customers with massive followings even noticed their accounts deleted for good.
[…] The censorship initiative went extensive and deep. One Weibo person wrote in a put up that at the very least 20 of their Weibo pals who shared posts in regards to the Tuesday trial had been muzzled; that they had only some dozen pals on Weibo.
“As we speak’s Weibo seems like a graveyard,” one person posted on Tuesday, including their feed was “filled with posts about pals whose accounts have been suspended, deleted or who’re ‘reborn’ with new accounts.” [Source]
The opposite directions captured within the screenshot relate to the fourth spherical of regional nationwide faculty entrance examination reforms introduced by the Ministry of Training on September 16. The examination, generally generally known as the gaokao, underwent the primary spherical of reform in 2014. Second and third rounds of reforms adopted in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The fourth and most up-to-date spherical of reforms applies to seven provinces: Heilongjiang, Jilin, Gansu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Guangxi. The reforms fluctuate from province to province, and embrace scoring modifications, the cancellation of separate exams for liberal arts and laborious sciences, and the adoption of the “3+1+2” mannequin: all college students are examined on the three necessary topics of Chinese language, arithmetic, and a international language, plus extra alternatives from a variety of elective supplementary exams. Adjustments to the all-important examination may be controversial: in 2016, 1000’s of oldsters from three provinces took to the streets to protest reforms.
Joseph Brouwer contributed to this put up.
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