Re: "Hong Kong publisher kidnapped in Thailand and taken to China"

Member publication: Confessions Made in China

Dear all,

This is my new article on how media even outside China will sometimes swallow, and help disseminate (sometimes unwittingly, sometimes knowingly as with South China Morning Post), the worst kind of Chinese state propaganda: the TV confessions spectacles, coerced and produced under torture, including in Gui Minhai's case: 

Re: "Hong Kong publisher kidnapped in Thailand and taken to China"

Update 7 February 2018, on Gui Minhai, the HK-based published and writer kidnapped from Thailand in October 2015, then detained in China and forced (twice, in 2016) to make false confessions on Chinese state TV, and detained until October 2017 when the Chinese authorities said he was free. He is a Swedish citizen only, and two weeks ago, my country's embassy had arranged for him to travel to our embassy and see a doctor for the grave signs of illness that he has developed while in Chinese detention. 

Re: "Hong Kong publisher kidnapped in Thailand and taken to China"

Gui Minhai, Swedish and EU citizen and longtime Hong Kong publisher, has been suddenly detained again, Saturday Jan. 21, while trying to go to a doctor's appointment at our country's embassy in Beijing AND WHILE accompanied by two Swedish diplomats. Ten men in civilian clothes, claiming to be policemen, hauled him off in front of the diplomats. Gui Minhai is my fellow citizen compatriot and an old friend, as well. 

Further discussion of censorship in China (comment)


Our sister H-Net network, H-Asia, has a follow-up post by Elizabeth Redden sharing links to recent comments on censorship of academic work in China and on Chinese efforts to control scholarly communication about China overseas. 

You can find the H-Asia post here:

Re: Shold citations be censored? (comment)

It's a citation in a different journal of a previously published work, not an original statement by the author, and should not be removed.

Additionally, if the citation (and publication of the article) was published before any subsequent findings against the original published article, there has been no "bad action" by the author/article that made the citation.

Historical record and all that.

Further discussion of censorship in China (comment)


Our sister list, H-Asia, is still discussing the agreement of Springer Nature to take down content from its journals at the request of the Chinese government.  Some academics are proposing a boycott of Springer and have created an online petition to that effect.

I wonder whether this acquiescence is different in kind from the promises that Facebook and Google are making to American officials unhappy over the proliferation of Russian "news" online.

Re: Call for boycott of Springer Nature and Palgrave Macmillan, over China censorship

Benjamin, you are quite right to use this moment to raise awareness of more widespread forms of censorship which takes place in the variety of forms you mention and more.

In terms of actionable strategies, I think it's important to focus energies on specific instances of of censorship creep by Springer and other similar parties, especially when they have such high visibility. Each theatre of censorship, like Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Latin America, has its own particularities which require different (although related) lobbying tools and arguments.


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