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Students and academics at Australian universities ‘self-censoring’ from fear of CCP


Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson says Chinese students and academics at Australian universities are “self-censoring” for fear of retribution from the Chinese Communist Party.

Human Rights Watch have recently released a report that revealed Chinese students attending Australian universities, and their families back in China are often subject to harassment and surveillance from the Chinese government if suspected to be engaging in pro-democracy activities. 

Ms Pearson told Sky News students and academics are “very worried about getting doxed, which is where personal information is shared online.

“We documented several cases of that actually, where both students and academics had their personal information hared because of comments they made, critical of the Chinese government.  

“The Chinese embassy has to be involved because Chinese police were interrogating the families of students and in some cases the students themselves when they returned to China.

“They knew things about what had occurred on campus… Obviously there are people on campus reporting on the activities of students, clearly to the Chinese government.

Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson says Chinese students and academics at Australian universities are “self-censoring” for fear of retribution from the Chinese Communist Party.

Human Rights Watch have recently released a report that revealed Chinese students attending Australian universities, and their families back in China are often subject to harassment and surveillance from the Chinese government if suspected to be engaging in pro-democracy activities.

Ms Pearson told Sky News students and academics are “very worried about getting doxed, which is where personal information is shared online.

“We documented several cases of that actually, where both students and academics had their personal information hared because of comments they made, critical of the Chinese government.

“The Chinese embassy has to be involved because Chinese police were interrogating the families of students and in some cases the students themselves when they returned to China.

“They knew things about what had occurred on campus… Obviously there are people on campus reporting on the activities of students, clearly to the Chinese government.”

Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson says Chinese students and academics at Australian universities are “self-censoring” for fear of retribution from the Chinese Communist Party.

Human Rights Watch have recently released a report that revealed Chinese students attending Australian universities, and their families back in China are often subject to harassment and surveillance from the Chinese government if suspected to be engaging in pro-democracy activities.

Ms Pearson told Sky News students and academics are “very worried about getting doxed, which is where personal information is shared online.

“We documented several cases of that actually, where both students and academics had their personal information hared because of comments they made, critical of the Chinese government.

“The Chinese embassy has to be involved because Chinese police were interrogating the families of students and in some cases the students themselves when they returned to China.

“They knew things about what had occurred on campus… Obviously there are people on campus reporting on the activities of students, clearly to the Chinese government.”

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