Murong Xuecun: Open Letter to the “Nameless Censor”

Writer Murong Xuecun has spoken out against government censorship since his various weibo accounts were deleted by authorities. In a recent piece published in the Guardian, he condemned the “new censorship campaign.” In another strongly-worded piece, he now writes an open letter to the “Nameless Censor.” It’s been translated and posted on Scribd by “Woman Wang”:

Dear Nameless Censor, I know you possess enormous power but you have no right to delete what I write, and you have no right to intrude into my life. Most importantly, you have no right to deprive me of my freedom of speech, because freedom of speech is my inviolable constitutional right.

I know that in this country, at this time, you are far more powerful than me–I am merely an ordinary citizen, a writer who writes for a living, while you, a nameless censor, have the power to push me off a cliff with just one phone call.

Still, I am writing you this letter because I believe your awesome powers are only temporary. You can delete my words, you can delete my name but you cannot snatch the pen from my hand. In the years to come this pen of mine will fight a long war of resistance, and continue to write for as long as it takes for me to see the light of a new dawn. I believe you will not be able to hide in the shadows forever because the light of a new dawn will also expose the place where you are hiding. Dear Nameless Censor, when that time comes, the whole world will know who you are. [Source]

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