Academic Censorship in China: The Case of The China Quarterly
by Mathew Y. H. Wong, Education University of Hong Kong and Ying-ho Kwong, University of Hong Kong
Alongside other types of censorship in China, “academic censorship” refers to how academic freedom is potentially affected by censorship actions. This new trend of censorship emerges as China moves from censoring domestic news media and academia to cracking down on international academic publications and publishers. This article examines the high-profile The China Quarterly incident in August 2017 as a case in point, providing a preliminary analysis of the publications on the censorship list and those that were not. Theoretically, this paper makes an original contribution by studying censorship from within to outside China. Empirically, this paper offers an analysis of what China wishes to censor and the context behind its actions.