Give Editor His Position Back After Being Suspended for Critical Article

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Target: Chinese journal, Study Times

Goal: Give Chinese editor his position back after being suspended for writing an article criticizing China

Editor Deng Yuwen of China’s Study Times was recently suspended for an article he wrote in a British newspaper. As a contributing author, Yuwen wrote an article stating that China should reconsider its role as an ally to North Korea that was published in The Financial Times. Yuwen stated that after his article was printed he was subsequently suspended from his position as deputy editor. Although Yuwen is still being paid by the Communist Party School’s journal, he might not get his position back or even have a working position with the journal after the suspension is over. Yuwen was unjustly suspended and deserves his position back.

In Yuwen’s contributing article, he stated that China’s relationship with North Korea is outdated and that the alliance serves no beneficial purpose in attempting to influence the United States. According to the New York Times, Yuwen wrote, “it is entirely possible that a nuclear-armed North Korea could try to twist China’s arm if Beijing were to fail to meet its demand or if the U.S. were to signal good will toward it.” After this article, Yu Wen believes that the Foreign Ministry had complained to the Communist Party’s Central Party School, which then got him suspended from the Study Times. The Study Times is a weekly journal of the Central Party School, and due to its connections to members of the Communist Party Yuwen believes that he was suspended indefinitely for his words.

The Central Party School is responsible for training government officials. Due to its status and Yuwen’s opposing views, the school and the journal essentially censored Yuwen. Yuwen’s article has gotten a lot of attention from foreign officials who have been pressing China to stop relations with the North Korean Trade Bank. Even if Yuwen’s statements are not representative of China’s current actions, he should be able to express his views and not get fired for them.

The Study Times and the Central Party School must give Yuwen his position back.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Study Times,

Editor Deng Yuwen was wrongly suspended from his position at the Study Times due to an article that he wrote for British newspaper The Financial Times. In the article, Yuwen criticized China’s continued alliance with North Korea, stating that it was outdated and no longer helpful. Yuwen believes that it was this article that got him suspended indefinitely from his position with the journal.

The Study Times is a journal that is connected to the Central Party School, which trains new officials in the Communist Party. Yuwen’s opinion and statements opposed the viewpoints of China and thus, he was unjustly suspended. Yuwen has a right to express his opinions without being censored.

Give Yuwen his position back at the Study Times.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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