We Hope You Can Read This in China
Remembering the crackdown at Tiananmen Square
A reader in China once emailed a Tablet Magazine staffer to inform him that the magazine was not accessible there, presumably due to China’s formidable Internet suppression and censorship apparatus frequently referred to as the Great Firewall. It turns out that’s probably not true—if you’re in China, you probably can read us. But in trying to figure out what might have gotten us blacklisted, we found that the explosive phrase “Tiananmen Square” appears several times in our digital pages. In addition to being a geographic landmark in Beijing, this is of course shorthand for the crackdown on a dissident movement that culminated in the military massacre that killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians. That crackdown occurred 23 years ago yesterday (yes, missed the exact date, sorry).
So, ban this.
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