By Edward Nawotka
One biggest problems for Chinese writers is self-censorship, says Murong Xuecun: “It’s something that haunts me when I write…sometimes when I read over a text I realize that I’ve already modified it.”
China maintains very strict censorship controls on it’s media and publishers. But the scene is evolving — albeit slowly — and publishers and writers are forced to operate in a gray area, where things that are tolerated one day are deemed illegal the next. This leaves many authors in an untenable position.
Self-censorship is a shame, but when individual agency can lead to, well, end of the individual…you want to live to fight another day, don’t you? When it’s the state that puts someone into that position, it’s indefensible.
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