采访/陈汉 编辑/宋风 后制/萧宇
Recently, the party’s State Press and Publication Department
ordered a stop on sale of books authored by Yu Yinshi and Jiu Badao
and to stop printing books by Ye Fu and Mao Yushi, etc.
Also, books on religion and history will be more tightly censored.
Many overseas media reported this event.
It’s speculated that the party’s move might be related to
the Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement,
which many well-known people support.
On Oct 11, “weibo.com" disclosed that the party’s
State Press and Publication Department has banned books by
Yu Yinshi, Ye Fu, Mao Yushi, Zhang Qianfang, Liang Wendao,
Xu Zhiyuan, Chen Ziming and Xu Xiao.
In addition, all books written by Yu Yingshi and Jiu Badao
were taken off the shelves in all book stores.
“Sina Entertainment" said they talked to quite a few publishers,
and it’s confirmed that they did receive the notice.
Liu Yiming, member of independent Chinese PEN Center
and reporter of “China", said the party was trying to block
these people’s voices from China in case people there
fight for democracy and freedom too.
Meanwhile, it’s warning other people to be careful
with their speech.
Liu Yiming: “The party made these moves to suppress
democratic ideas in mainland China.
It doesn’t want China to become something like Hong Kong.
It doesn’t want to see a similar movement in China."
Liu Yiming pointed out that these writers are relatively
independent and speak out from a sense of justice.
They dare to criticize dark sides of society and official circles.
They might have touched the party’s bottom line.
Hong Kong “Apple Daily" and BBC suspect that
these well-known people were banned most likely
because they support Hong Kong Occupy Central movement.
Yu Yingshi is a historian and sinologist.
He spent years studying China’s history of ideology,
a professor of Michigan, Harvard and Yale universities,
he was also Vice Principal of Hong Kong Chinese university.
He supported Taiwan “Sun Flower" student movement.
As for Hong Kong Occupy Central movement, he said
“Hong Kong should fight even though we might not succeed".
Yu Yingshi added that “Intellectuals should criticize society.
Schooling is not for personal interest
but for the benefit of the whole society
and also human beings as a whole.
When you see something unfair,
you should stand up and speak."
Yu Yingshi’s “Yu Yingshi Collected Works"sold well in China.
However, it is banned now.
Jiu Badao, another person banned by the party,
is a well-known writer and movie director from Taiwan.
He directed “The Girls We Pursued in Those Years"
which sold very well both in Hong Kong and China.
Recently, Jiu Badao shaved his head bald.
It’s speculated that he is calling for the originators
of Occupy Central to shave their head too
and show their determination.
He also posted on Facebook: “I think the most precious thing
is not that you reach out your hand and get what you want.
You have to fight for it. "
His words have been interpreted as supporting Hong Kong.
Liang Wendao, another being banned by the party,
is one of the founders of Hong Kong “House News".
He explicitly supports Occupy Central.
As for other scholars or writers that are in the banned list,
like Mao Yushi, Zhang Qianfang, they often publish comments
that support freedom, rule of law and constitutionalism.
Ye Huo, freelance writer, said that speeches of freedom
are the voices that criticize the party ‘s governance,
but have been suppressed in China.
Ye Huo: “Sooner or later, China will realize democracy.
I think even the party officials can see it.
That ‘s why they never deny democracy in China,
but keep emphasizing that it doesn ‘t fit China ‘s situation yet
because the qualityof the Chinese is not yet good enough."
A lot of internet users think it ‘s ridiculous for the party
to ban the works of these well-known people.
The harder they try to ban them,
the more people want to see them.
Internet user “Cheng Tao Man Hua"said:
“I didn ‘t know these people before they were banned.
Now I know them I will go read their books."
Internet user “Wang Chuan" said: “If readers want to read them,
there’s got to be ways to do that.
They"ll try all means to find the books and read them,
and also recommend the books to their friends and children.
Thus, there will be fewer fooled Chinese people.
The mode of burning books has been ignited.
How far is it to bury literati?"
Interview/ ChenHan Edit/SongFeng Post-Production/XiaoYu