onsdag 23. august 2017

Cambridge University Press unblocks articles after initially kowtowing to Chinese censors

After initially kowtowing to Chinese censors and removing hundreds of articles about China of "politically sensitive" nature from a prominent China journal, the Cambridge University Press (CUP) has apparently decided to take a stand for the ideals of freedom of thought and expression after all, reversing course and allowing the articles to go back online. Last Friday, the world's oldest publishing house issued a statement explaining that it had blocked more than 300 articles from appearing on the Chinese website of its China Quarterly journal following a request from Beijing authorities who threatened to have the entire site shut down. The articles dealt with subjects that are taboo in Chinese academia, the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, Tibet and Taiwan, and were written by well-respected scholars from across the globe, who were not informed their articles would be harmonized.