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Here’s How China And George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Stack Up

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George Orwell’s novel “1984” tells the story of a nation, Oceania, in which the government has taken on an all-encompassing position in the everyday life, spying on citizens and using propaganda as a tool to control the masses. This is the reality for many in China today.

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”

In 2013, Harvard professors Gary King, Jennifer Pan and Margaret Roberts published a study entitled “How censorship in China allows government criticism but silences collective expression.” The Chinese government employs roughly 20,000-50,000 internet police and international monitors to limit freedom of expression. Further, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses “keyword blocking” which prevents users from posting text that contains banned words or phrases.

“Big Brother is watching you.”

“Every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten.”