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Freedom of Speech with Chinese Characteristics | 中国特色言论自由

Angel Tang, Esq. interviews Mr. Wang, an anonymous political activist who strives to expose China’s violation of the freedom of speech. His Twitter account @SpeechFreedomCN has reached a total of 50.4k followers.

Mr. Wang first talks about the netizens arrested during China’s National Day celebration in 2019 for their insulting speech against the country. The incident has made him realize China’s repression of freedom of speech and motivated him to speak up and protest against the government.

As Mr. Wang reveals that he obtains his information from an ocean of cases and public records posted on the official website of the government and the court, Angel inquires about the plausibility of the case records in China’s legal system. Mr. Wang makes it clear that the cases relating to freedom of speech or sensitive topics are rarely made public, and the officials would immediately take the sensitive cases down when they are leaked accidentally.

Angel and Mr. Wang proceed to discuss the corrupted legal system that punishes any speech that is considered against the interest of the government. Angel then mentions the potential ways people could express their opinions (e.g. memes) without getting into trouble, but Mr. Wang believes that the methods are less effective against the intricate censorship system nowadays. They also talk about the development of surveillance technology and the invasion of privacy as a consequence. Mr. Wang claims that China will not likely track down private conversations and arrest people because that would cause a crisis. However, netizens need to be cautious with political opinions expressed online, even when it comes to foreign media platforms accessed with VPN.

Mr. Wang explains that he felt the need to expose the violations as an individual and to help those people who are wrongfully imprisoned for crimes regarding freedom of speech. As Angel asks Mr. Wang about the future of freedom of speech in China, Mr. Wang says that he has hope for some sort of speech freedom in China in the foreseeable future, despite the aggravation of the freedom of speech under Xi Jinping's rule.

Lastly, Angel mentions her interviews with U.S. law professors who are planning on teaching law in China. Mr. Wang believes that these foreign professors are able to educate the younger generation on law and democracy if the Chinese government does not interfere with their teaching.

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Liberated Panda's mission statement is to bridge the understanding gap between American and Chinese politics, culture and institutions to English and Chinese speaking audiences worldwide. Liberated Panda Live is dedicated to discussing the latest topics, trends and events of the week.

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