Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1329-W944


Release Date: October 18, 2020


Topic: WeChat and Freedom of Speech -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:微信和言论自由 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)


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WeChat and Freedom of Speech

-- Wei Jingsheng



Recently, a Chinese organization sued the U.S. government, saying that prohibiting WeChat from operating in the U.S. violated freedom of speech and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A few days ago, some people also accused China's WeChat company of violating the freedom of speech of American citizens. Moreover, there is a great overlap between the two groups, and the people watching are dazzled, without understanding what they really want.


The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)s control of WeChat and Weibo is well known, with its censorship and barbaric speed of deleting posts and eliminating the related user IDs. If this kind of conduct does not violate freedom of speech, what is a violation of freedom of speech? The CCP has no shame to claim that it would not allow freedom of speech, and it has openly and severely cracked down on freedom of speech with its laws and practices. This is a fact recognized by the whole world. Recently, China ranked as the bottom country in evaluation of freedom of speech. It is the country with the least freedom of speech among more than 200 countries and regions in the world. Can WeChat be an exception? Tencent (the parent company of WeChat) and WeChat were not sent to jail or interrogated by the Chinese police, but were supported by the CCP. Does this show that they have freedom of speech?


Chinese Internet companies such as WeChat have to help the Communist regime to crack down on freedom of speech and block political criticism. This requirement is the opposite of freedom of speech. It is working to assure no freedom of speech. Does this have anything to do with the First Amendment to the US Constitution? However, a group of people confuse the essence and insist that the censorship was a matter of safeguarding freedom of speech. They shamelessly safeguard the autocratic politics of the Communist regime, yet pretend to safeguard the democratic Constitution, and even act as dissidents. This is a great irony towards the system of democracy, freedom and the rule of law.


Recently, the American people and their government have increased their vigilance against communist infiltrations. The well-known CCP media and institutions can no longer operate unimpeded in the United States as they were before. How to counter it? The CCPs intelligence agencies have come up with a trick -- using the magnanimity and kindness of the American judiciary, as the spear to attack this shield itself that is to use the laws of the United States to attack and disrupt the USA. It is indeed a sneaky way for the wolves in sheep's clothing to break through the vigilance of the Americans.


It is difficult for the Americans and their government to distinguish the complexity within the Chinese community, which creates favorable conditions for wolves in sheep's clothing. Chinese democrats are not gangsters either, so anyone can put the hat of a democracy activist over their heads. This creates conditions for the CCP spies and informants to put on sheep's clothing. How successful they are in their pretending depends on their own personal luck and work. There are not just a few people who have successfully infiltrated into or pulled away from democratic organizations. They include the traitors of the democracy movement who surrendered in prisons. Fortunately, the majority of netizens gradually deepened their understanding of this issue.


A few months ago, someone filed a class action lawsuit against WeChat and its parent company Tencent. I thought it was a good thing. But soon a victim of WeChat came to me and said that the lawsuit was in the hands of someone that will make a big matter to be diminished into a smaller one, until nothing. They asked me to persuade the US government to come forward to solve the problem of WeChat's crazy deletion of posts and elimination of the related users. Now that the US government has finally come forward, a large group of people have turned to sue the US government. This dramatic change really dazzled everyone.


The legal basis for suing WeChat is complete. That is because WeChat frantically deleted CCP disliked speeches even in the United States and banned the related users. This violated the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and constituted a violation of freedom of speech and should be punished. The U.S. government's prohibition of WeChat from operating in the U.S. not only has sufficient legal basis, but also complies with the principle of reciprocity and fairness between countries. The Communist regime prohibits the corresponding media of the United States from entering China, and the United States should prohibit large foreign propaganda monopolized by the Communist regime from entering the United States. The U.S. government made mistakes in the past, and now it has good reasons to correct it. It's never too late to make up for it.


However, although the CCP's strategy is vicious, its operation is a mess. They vigorously promoted their abuse and falsely accuse with the US laws, yet forget that it is not in a lawless China. Take the case of WeChat Alliance v. U.S. Department of Justice; the so-called organization representing WeChat users violated the law of donation fraud. It is a makeshift team without legal qualifications, but misguided donors into believing it was a legitimate NGO. Just this donation fraud crime is enough for these wolves in sheep's clothing.


Whether the CCPs vicious trick will be successful and whether the American judges will be confused, we will take a further look at later on.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation. Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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(Written and recorded on October 15, 2020. Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia on October 16, 2020.)


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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1329-W944


Release Date: October 18, 2020


Topic: WeChat and Freedom of Speech -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:微信和言论自由 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)








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