Free Speech, Checks, and Balances in Ancient China

Penny Zhou
By Penny Zhou
March 4, 2021China in Focus

When talking about freedom of speech in China, people may think of the Chinese regime’s crackdown on dissidents and internet censorship—blocking its citizens from seeing anything that criticizes the communist system.

Some attribute the lack of free speech to China’s thousands of years under an imperial system. The country’s history is often portrayed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as dark and “backward.”

But a glance at the country’s history may prove free speech does have roots there.

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