Thursday, August 11, 2016

Baidu and Sina Censor Information About Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine and Former Editor Du Daozheng

See also: Baidu Censors Diary of Du Daozheng - Former Head of China's Book Censorship Agency 

These screenshots were taken on July 15, 2016, and show that Baidu was restricting search results for “炎黄春秋” (Yanhuang Chunqiu, lit. (“The Spring and Autumn Annals of the Emperors Yan and Huang”)) to websites operated by the central government and Communist Party (and Baidu's own Wikipedia clone).

This screenshot was also taken on July 15, 2016, and shows that when a user searches for "Yanhuang Chunqiu" on Sina Weibo they are told that "In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, search results for ''Yanhuang Chunqiu' have not been displayed."

On July 17, 2016, the state-sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “Liberal Journal Opposes Editorial Board Shake-up.” Some excerpts:
The editorial board of Yanhuang Chunqiu, a liberal monthly journal known for bold discussions on politics and history, was recently reshuffled by The Chinese National Academy of Arts.

The academy, with which the journal is affiliated, published a notice on July 12 and declared that the academy’s leadership decided to replace or demote the editorial leadership, including its president, editor-in-chief, vice-presidents and deputy editors. According to the notice, the academy appointed a new management team for the journal led by Jia Leilei, the academy’s vice-president, who replaced Du Daozheng as the president of Yanhuang Chunqiu.

The journal said its editorial board has enlisted the services of a lawyer and intends to sue the academy, RTHK reported.

The magazine was founded in 1991 and has been known for publishing outspoken articles, often involving topics such as constitutionalism and the Cultural Revolution. It has received the backing of many retired senior officials.
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An unconfirmed statement allegedly issued by Du is spreading online has voiced strong opposition to the decision from the Chinese National Academy of Arts. The statement claims that Du and his colleagues are trying to defend their magazine and their “outspoken” style from the shake-up. It also said they are preparing for the closure of Yanhuang Chunqiu, Taipei-based Central News Agency (CAN) reported.
This screenshot was taken on July 18, 2016, and shows that Baidu had banned users from establishing a PostBar (Tieba 贴吧) forum on the subject of the “Yanhuang Chunqiu.”

This screenshot was taken on July 20, 2016, and shows that the top search results on Sina Weibo for “Du Daozheng” (杜导正) were posts including images of the “statement allegedly issued by Du.”

The statement read:
On July 12, the Chinese National Academy of Arts illegally and unilaterally ripped to shreds the "Written Agreement Between the Chinese National Academy of Arts and Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing" it had signed with "Yanhuang Chunqiu," announced a reshuffle of our publisher's leadership structure,  severely infringed upon the freedom of the press granted to citizens by Article 35 of the Constitution, and violated the right of our publisher to hiring, editorial, financial independence that was clearly agreed upon in Written Agreement.

On July 15, the Chinese National Academy of Arts dispatched officials to the publisher and stole and altered the passwords of the official website of "Yanhuang Chunqiu," leading to our magazine losing the basic conditions necessary for editing and publishing.

In light of this, and following discussion among, and a unanimous decision by, the publishing committee of Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing, publishing shall cease as of today. Henceforth anyone distributing a publication under the title "Yanhuang Chunqiu" shall not bear any relationship with this publisher.

It is hereby declared.

Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing

Legal Representative: Du Daozheng

July 17, 2016






This screenshot was taken on July 21, 2016, and shows that the posts including Du Daozheng’s statement have been deleted, and Sina informed users:
Because many people have filed complaints about this Weibo, in accordance with relevant state laws and regulations, it has already been deleted. (该微博因被多人举报,根据国家相关法律法规,已被删除。)

On August 2, 2016, the website of Yanghuang Chunqiu posted a notice stating:
The legal representative of Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing has been changed
from Du Daozheng to Hao Qingjun in accordance with the law. The new corporate stamps of Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing have already been in use since July 30, 2016. No person may conduct social activies, engage in business operations, or publish any articles in the name of Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing without the permission of Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing's legal representative Hao Qingjun. If any of the foregoing are discovered Yanghuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing reserves the right to pursue legal recourse against the such persons.

It is hereby notified.

Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine Publishing

August 2, 2016