Liberal think tank fights back after website closure
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- Chinese liberal think tank slams Beijing censors after website and media accounts shut down / SCMP
As noted yesterday on SupChina, authorities in Beijing shut down 17 Chinese websites last Friday, including two run by the Unirule Institute of Economics, and a think tank founded by the influential and independent-minded economist Mao Yushi (茅于轼). A number of Unirule’s social media accounts were also shut down. Earlier today, it hit back by publishing a letter online accusing the authorities of aiming to silence the institute, and complaining that no formal procedures were followed before the shutdown. The letter also asked for greater tolerance from the government for non-governmental organizations, and pointed to Xi Jinping’s recent speech about free trade at Davos, noting that “free trade and free expression share inherent links.” The letter, a rarity in the current climate of strict controls on speech and ideology, was swiftly deleted from the internet.
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