“Voices of July” continues CDT’s monthly “Voices of …” collection of viral and censored audio-visual content from all over China. Inspired by the original audio-visual compilation “Voices of April,” which was the target of intense government and platform censorship, the series seeks to circumvent censorship by amplifying the voices of Chinese citizens under various forms of lockdown and repression. CDT will continue to compile, translate, and publish these videos for as long as Chinese government censors seek to silence them. “Voices of July” begins and ends with three events that captured...
Unlike government officials, village officials, township government officials and other agents, [these thugs-for-hire] don’t have a government identity. So if they do bad things, they are not seen as part of the system. This provides the authorities who hire them plausible deniability."— CDT interview with Lynette Ong, author of "Outsourcing Repression: Everyday State Power in Contemporary China," discussing the use of hired "muscle" to intimidate Chinese citizens who oppose farmland seizures and urban demolitions
CDT in the News
- U.C. San Diego, 21st Century China Center – The Party Remakes China: What to Watch for After the 20th Party Congress
- NYT – China’s ‘Absurd’ Covid Propaganda Stirs Rebellion
- The Economist – The Prince: Searching for Xi Jinping
- FP – China’s War on History Is Growing
- Coda Story newsletter – Chinese censors working overtime to silence dissent on zero-Covid lockdowns in Xinjiang and Tibet