China Censors CNN in Real Time for Peng Shuai Report

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On Monday, the Chinese government censored a live CNN segment on Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis player who vanished one week after accusing the country’s former vice premier of sexual abuse.

The small window on the bottom of the screen shows CNN’s feed in China during the report:

“It is a live, real time example of the censorship that’s happening in the mainland,” CNN’s Will Ripley said. “They have an army of censors waiting to push that button the minute that we start talking about this story.”

That type of censorship is terrifying and normal in China. Thus, select media and tech companies have finally begun to push back.

On November 1, Yahoo Inc. pulled out of China after citing an “increasingly challenging business and legal environment.”

Yahoo made the decision a few weeks after Apple, at China’s demand, removed Yahoo from its Chinese app store because Yahoo Finance republished a Bloomberg story critical of China’s crackdown on the tech industry. Microsoft also recently pulled LinkedIn out of China.

The ball is now in CNN’s court to make a statement. For all its flaws, CNN has reported accurately on Shuai’s disappearance, an ominous story that sheds light on the human rights violations in China.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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