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Some prominent Chinese are chafing against censorship. Then their complaints are censored

Some prominent Chinese are chafing against censorship. Then their complaints are censored

The editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times, a tabloid closely tied to the Communist Party and known for its often-rabid nationalism, isn’t exactly the kind of guy you’d expect to be calling publicly for more freedom of speech and less censorship.

But that’s precisely what Hu Xijin has been doing lately — and he’s not alone. A number of high-profile media figures in China, a prominent businessman, and even a delegate to the national legislature have been complaining that the administration of President Xi Jinping is going too far to snuff out criticism.

This week, Hu took to Weibo, China’s oft-censored Twitter equivalent, to say...

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