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Anti-Rightist Movement

'Not a single person' persecuted in the Anti-Rightist Movement, says vice director of CASS

Li Shenming came under attack after he claimed that not a single person was persecuted during the Anti-Rightist Movement. Photo: screenshot via Weibo

China’s intellectuals, scholars and bloggers were outraged on Tuesday after Li Shenming, a vice director at the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), claimed that “not a single person" was persecuted during the infamous Anti-Rightist Movement launched by Mao Zedong in

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 3:58pm 8 comments

Writer drops bombshell with tales of treachery

Prominent writer Zhang Yihe has dropped a bombshell in intellectual circles, with her writing revealing how some of the mainland's most celebrated literati betrayed and snitched on their fellow writers during the era of Mao Zedong .

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Mao's 'education through labour' system under fire

A group of renowned mainland academics have written to the National People's Congress and the State Council, calling for the abolition of the controversial 'education through labour' system because it is unconstitutional.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Do the right thing

The November 15 white paper on the mainland's political party system, which emphasises the role of the eight so-called 'democratic parties', comes at a historically appropriate time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the anti-rightist movement, during which the leaders of these minor parties were denounced, persecuted and purged.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Ignorant of history

This month marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic event in Chinese history: the launching by Mao Zedong of the anti-rightist campaign in which hundreds of thousands of intellectuals were dubbed 'rightists' and purged. And this explains, to a large extent, the chaotic state of China's legal system today.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report 'Survivors will not go quietly' on page A8 on Monday incorrectly stated that 55,000 people were branded as 'rightists' during the mainland's anti-rightist campaign 50 years ago. The figure should have been 550,000.

25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How Mao ensnared a nation

It was spring half a century ago when the People's Republic of China witnessed what is still the biggest purge of intellectuals and free-minded people in the nation's history.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Survivors will not go quietly

The youngest victims of the anti-rightist campaign are now in their 70s, but their call for restitution and an official apology for the injustices they suffered has not diminished with age.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Propaganda officials set out banned subjects for the media

Mainland media authorities have marked out 20 forbidden areas in an attempt to promote a 'harmonious' atmosphere for upcoming national and party conferences.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Book bans at odds with modernisation effort

For all the changes the mainland has undergone since economic reforms took hold, there is one facet of past decades that has remained constant: censorship. This is despite freedom of speech being enshrined in the constitution and government leaders acknowledging that abiding by the rule of law has to be foremost for the nation's development.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Book's ban violates my rights, author says

Zhang Yihe , the author of several banned bestsellers, has challenged a senior official's decision to outlaw her most recent publication and vowed to protect the constitutional right to free speech.

20 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Journalist persecuted in purge on liberalism

An outspoken journalist has been persecuted for her liberal views as the anti-rightist campaign spreads across the country.

He Qinglian, 42, an editor of the Shenzhen Legal Daily, was removed from her office and assigned to the paper's research department last month in a bid to prevent her from writing controversial articles.

5 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Millions of dead omitted

Anthony Pearson ('Stop this insane war', South China Morning Post, May 14) has a point when he proposes that perpetrators of atrocities should confess and show contrition for their ill deeds.

18 May 1999 - 12:00am

Zhu shake-up wins hearts and minds of the ordinary people

It was the end of the first week of a new government that had awakened the hopes of millions of Chinese.

Premier Zhu Rongji set a hectic pace.

He cut interest rates and reserve ratios at the banks, launched a campaign to reduce the government payroll by half and flew to the country's worst unemployment black spot to meet laid-off workers.

30 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Events marking anniversary of anti-rightist drive banned

Beijing has banned activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the start of the Anti-Rightist Movement of the 1950s.

A leader of the Communist Party's Propaganda Department said in an internal talk that efforts to mark the campaign against 'bourgeois-liberal' elements in the party would 'undermine political stability'.

20 Jan 1997 - 12:00am