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Courageous Writer Speaks Out about China’s Censorship

By February 23, 2011

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Nearly everyone who lives or visits China experiences some form of censorship. Whether it's visitors and expats being blocked from Facebook or YouTube or locals finding their blogs shut down or Chinese writers having their words manipulated, censorship in China has become inevitable.

One of the latest examples is Chinese writer Murong Xuecun (慕容雪村), who was recently awarded a "special action award" by People's Literature (人民文学), China's first literary magazine, for his 'courage' in exposing a pyramid scheme in China.

Murong prepared an acceptance speech about censorship but, moments before he was to deliver the speech, he was barred from speaking. Instead, he delivered his speech to The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong Tuesday. The speech, entitled "Absurdities of China's Censorship System," was posted on Time magazine's website. It is an excellent, must-read account of censorship in China. Read it here.

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