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New article on censorship, academic freedom, and academic publishing in/on China

An open magazine with a page ripped out.
A page ripped out from The Economist by China's censorship department. Attribution: 闫恩铭/Enming Yan. Wikimedia Commons

Since 2017 the international Chinese Studies community has been shocked to discover that many of the major commercial academic publishers have been actively working with the Chinese censors to limit access to ‘politically sensitive’ books and articles within the country in order to maintain access to the lucra-tive Chinese market.

This essay by Nicholas Loubere examines these incidents and the responses of the publishers upon being discovered—arguing that the convergence of China’s increasingly assertive information control regime and the commercial academic publishers’ thirst for ever more profits has resulted in a new form of institu-tionalised commercial censorship. 

Read the essay here