Why Was This Super-Creepy Photo of Jiang Zemin Censored?

This photo of former leader Jiang Zemin was censored on Sina Weibo. (Image: HKU)
This photo of former leader Jiang Zemin was censored on Sina Weibo. (Image: HKU)

Former communist leader Jiang Zemin isn’t a photogenic guy, and this photo is particularly toadish. But that’s not why it got wiped off Sina Weibo by mainland censors.

They got rid of it was because the caption was criticizing the Chinese government. It said:

The rule of man overrides the rule of law in China

“The Chinese constitution says that the people have freedom of speech and publication. But the Chinese government says it must be vetted and approved.

“The Chinese constitution says that the people have the right of pocession. But the Chinese government says it must be vetted and approved.

“The Chinese constitution says that the people have the right of assembly. But the Chinese government says this endangers public order.

“The Chinese constitution says that the people have the right to criticize the government, and officials. But the Chinese government says this is equal to provocation, sedition or subversion… of the authorities.

“To summarize, the Chinese government bends the constitution using absolute power!”

Research by Cecilia

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