Murong Xuecun

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Je ne sais pas combien de projets ont été tués dans l’œuf par le système de censure chinois. Mais ce que je sais, ce que je ressens, c’est que ce système est indubitablement en train de ruiner l’imagination et la créativité des Chinois.

La censure, en Chine, ne relève pas de la loi, ce qui ne l’empêche pas d’avoir plus de pouvoir qu’elle. Chez nous, toutes les lois ne sont pas respectées à la lettre par tous, mais quand il s’agit de censure, et alors même que les règles en la matière ne sont pas vraiment claires, tout un chacun sait, comme d’instinct, à quoi s’en tenir, et prend bien garde à ne pas s’aventurer sur le territoire des sujets tabous ou sensibles.…  Seguir leyendo »

A frequent topic of conversation among my friends here has been: Who will be arrested next?

Some of us met recently for dinner and started a list of potential candidates. We included outspoken scholars, writers and lawyers who have discussed democracy and freedom, criticized the government and spoken out for the disadvantaged.

Some of my dinner companions nominated themselves for the list. We agreed that the social critic Xiao Shu (the pen name of Chen Min) and Guo Yushan, a friend of the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (now in the United States), should top the list. I’m right behind them.

Almost of all of us are active microbloggers.…  Seguir leyendo »

In the spring of 1997 in a small hotel in a small town in the middle of Sichuan Province I met Mr. Zhao. He had a battered suitcase, tattered clothes and a desperate expression. Early on in our conversation he asked me if I knew any officials who could help him land some road-building contracts.

Mr. Zhao must have been very desperate because I had just graduated from university and was working as junior legal consultant for a state-owned company, and knew nothing about road-building contracts.

In today’s China, business deals are hardly ever carried out fairly. Mostly it’s a matter of who you know, or who you pay off, and then the proceeds are divvied up and down the chain of corruption.…  Seguir leyendo »

Murong Xuecum, the pen name of Hao Qun, 37, is one of China’s early Internet writers, best known for the novel ‘‘Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu.’’ Recently, a nonfiction work, ‘‘The Missing Ingredient,’’ about going underground to uncover a pyramid scheme, won him the 2010 People’s Literature Prize, but he was unexpectedly barred from making an acceptance speech. He delivered it instead on Tuesday before the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong:

If I am not mistaken, the People’s Literature magazine “special action award” was not bestowed for my literary achievement, but for my courage. This is an unusual honor for me as a writer.…  Seguir leyendo »