Beijing Bans Public Intellectuals

“Late last month, reports began to surface on foreign newswires that hard-liners in the Chinese government had banned public discussion of thinkers and scholars guilty of taking “arrogant” (read: independent) positions on political and social affairs. In mid-November, Beijing’s Publicity Department, which is responsible for “ideological control,” issued an order to prohibit state-run newspapers, magazines, and TV stations from creating lists of such persons.”