(From Los Angeles Times)
The editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times, a tabloid closely tied to the Communist Party and known for its often-rabid nationalism, isn’t exactly the kind of guy you’d expect to be calling publicly for more freedom of speech and less censorship.
But that’s precisely what Hu Xijin has been doing lately — and he’s not alone. A number of high-profile media figures in China, a prominent businessman, and even a delegate to the national legislature have been complaining that the administration of President Xi Jinping is going too far to snuff out criticism.
This week, Hu took to Weibo, China’s oft-censored Twitter equivalent, to say that authorities were relying too much on the “Great Firewall” that blocks Chinese users from seeing thousands of websites. The post was later deleted.
Last month, he went on Weibo to declare that China should “open up more channels for criticism and suggestions and encourage constructive criticism.” Read More