Ex-Mao aide slams weekly shutdown

A former secretary to the late Chairman Mao Zedong and a dozen other senior Chinese scholars and ex-officials have denounced the shutdown of an investigative weekly in a spreading battle over censorship.

    Li Datong said former officials opposed the weekly's shutdown

    They said the closing of the Freezing Point section of the China Youth Daily was a "historic incident" in a struggle between the Communist Party controls and calls for media freedom.

    They said in a public letter signed on 2 February but issued on Tuesday: "History demonstrates that only a totalitarian system needs news censorship, out of the delusion that it can keep the public locked in ignorance."

    Li Datong, the editor of Freezing Point, said that many of the signatories were officials under Zhao Ziyang and Hu Yaobang, the relatively liberal party chiefs overthrown in the 1980s, and they reflected growing discontent about censorship even among party veterans.

    The signatories include Mao's secretary and biographer, Li Rui; an ex-editor-in-chief of the Communist Party's own mouthpiece, the People's Daily, Hu Jiwei; and a former propaganda boss, Zhu Houze.

    They said China's elaborate restrictions on information could have dire consequences for China's political evolution.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Saudi-Israeli normalisation could be dangerous

    Why Saudi-Israeli normalisation could be dangerous

    Apart from being disastrous for Palestine, normalising relations with Israel could get Saudi Arabia in real trouble.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    There are reports Saudi Arabia is demanding money from the senior officials it recently arrested.