May 25, 2022

Remove or Shutdown: Cambridge University Press Blocks Access to 315 “China Quarterly” Articles From Within China

UPDATE August 21, 2017

Statement From China Quarterly Editor: Cambridge University Press Will Repost 315 Articles/Reviews Removed From Website in China 


Cambridge University Press to Back Down over China Censorship (via The Guardian)

In Reversal, Cambridge University Press restores articles after China censorship row (via The Washington Post)


Original Post (August 18, 2017)

Materials From Cambridge University Press

Statement from the Editor of China Quarterly

Statement from Cambridge University Press

List of 315 Articles and Books Removed Removed

Two reports.

From Quartz:

Cambridge University Press (CUP) said it has pulled over 300 articles and book reviews on its China site from the China Quarterly (CQ), one of the most prestigious journals in the China studies field, at the request of the government’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP). The news came to light after an undated screenshot of an email to CQ’s editorial board from the journal’s editor, Tim Pringle, went viral on social media today (Aug. 18).

From The New York Times:

In a letter made public on social media on Friday, the editor of the journal, Tim Pringle, said that Cambridge University Press had informed him that the authorities had ordered it to censor more than 300 articles related to issues like the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the Cultural Revolution. The publishing house’s site risked being shut down if it did not comply with the request, the letter said.

In response to the government’s actions, the journal issued a statement expressing its “deep concern and disappointment.”


The block appears to go beyond Cambridge University Press’s website to include searches through third-party databases, including JSTOR, a digital library that academics around the world use to perform full-text searches of nearly 2,000 journals, including China Quarterly.

As of Friday night, it was unclear whether all JSTOR access was now blocked in China.

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