The Freedom and Perils of Internet Writing in China – Yu Jie

ESWN has translated a speech given by Yu Jie at the 2005 Asia-Pacific Regional Writers’ Forum in Melbourne, Australia:

Yes, as Czech democratic vanguard Havel said in “Living in Truth,” we are a group of writers who want to live in truth, we come from a country where lies are overflowing, we choose to reject the lies and we consider it our mission to vanquish the lies. We are enjoying the freedom brought about by the Internet, even as we are immersed deeply into the dangers brought by the Internet. I am willing to share the experience of myself and my compatriots with the people of different cultural backgrounds and living conditions here today. To use an ancient Chinese saying, “People who know each other through words are closer than blood siblings.” I believe that along the path of defending freedom and pursuing the truth, we are brothers and sisters who will support each other on the way forward.

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