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Trickle-down Censorship

An outsider's account of working inside China's censorship regime

by JFK Miller

Page Extent:272 pages
Book Size:198 x 130 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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A Westerner’s inside look into the workings of Chinese society. For six years, from 2005 to 2011, Australian JFK Miller worked in Shanghai for English-language publications censored by state publishers under the aegis of the Chinese Communist Party. In this wry memoir, he offers a view of that regime, as he saw it, as an outsider from the bottom up. ‘Trickle-Down Censorship’ explores how censorship affected him, a Westerner who took free speech for granted. It is about how he learned censorship in a system where the rules are kept secret; it is about how he became his own ‘Thought Police’ through self-censorship; it is about the peculiar relationship he developed with his censors, and the moral choices he made .