Thursday, May 28, 2015

Global Times Deletes Own Article About June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Incident

On May 25, 2015, the state sponsored Global Times published an editorial in English (“Hostile Forces Target Younger Generation”) and Chinese (“Hostile Overseas Forces Scheme to Incite the Post 80’s and Post 90’s Generations” - 境外势力试图煽动八零后九零后). Some excerpts:
Eleven Chinese students born in the 1980s or 1990s and studying in the US recently signed an open letter to their counterparts in the mainland. The letter carries their extreme views on the 1989 Tiananmen incident in the tone that used to be adopted by much older pro-democracy activists. It harshly attacked the current Chinese regime, twisting the facts of 26 years ago with narratives of some overseas hostile forces. 
The open letter claimed that the post-1980s and post-1990s generations in the mainland have been fooled and they couldn't get to know the "truth" of the 1989 Tiananmen incident until they moved abroad to study, where they can get unlimited access to the Internet. However, it's well-known that Internet censorship cannot prevent people acquiring sensitive information from overseas websites. The signatories mistake their own closed mindsets as the syndrome of the whole society. If the letter is truly written by a few students overseas, we have to say that those young people have been brainwashed in foreign countries, copying the paranoid minority overseas.  
The Chinese language version, originally available here - - was deleted within hours of publication.

These screenshots show the link to the Chinese language article disappeared from Baidu’s search results.

These images show the article as it originally appeared in Global Times print and online editions.

These screenshots were taken on May 26, 2015, and show that searches on Baidu for “Tiananmen Open Letter” (天安门 公开信) and “June 4” (六月四日) were being censored, apparently by preventing overseas websites from appearing in the search results.