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Yue Xin back at school, surveillance cameras up on Peking University campus

The scandal at Peking University (PKU), in which the prestigious school attempted to silence student Yue Xin 岳昕, who was demanding transparency about a sexual misconduct case from the 1990s, seems to have ended without too many tears. On April 25, Yue, who endured harassment and intimidation from the school authorities due to her advocacy for a student victim of sexual assault, wrote and shared a note (in Chinese) to announce her return to the university.

Peking University student to school: Stop trying to gag me on rape case!

“I want to thank every friend of mine who cared about and helped me. I pay my highest respects to every one of you,” Yue wrote. “I have returned to school already.”

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The note came after Chinese internet users had expressed concern about Yue’s safety and freedom. Earlier this week, Yue released an open letter, saying that her mother, accompanied by a school staffer, forcibly took her home and grounded her after she submitted a petition to the school demanding information transparency regarding a two-decades-old sexual harassment and rape case.

Peking University vs. Yue Xin: The fight continues as Chinese censors go into overdrive

Meanwhile, a user on social network Douban shared a photo showing some technicians setting up surveillance cameras at PKU. The caption (in Chinese) accompanying the photo reads, “To avoid more big-character posters (大字报 dàzìbào), PKU is swiftly installing cameras in the triangle.” The triangle, according to Shawn Zhang 章闻韶, is where the university’s historic “Democracy Wall” was located, and is where written posters defending Yue’s activism appeared but were taken down by the school.


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The emergence of such posters is not limited to PKU. At the Communication University of China, they were also found on campus, like the one below that reads, “Today, they censored voices from Yue Xin and we didn’t speak up. What will happen tomorrow?”

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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