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  • This Chinese law professor and internet celebrity,

  • Had his social media account wiped

  • Was it for mentioning China's organ harvesting?

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  • So in China, the constitution guarantees free speech.

  • Yes, it actually does.

  • It's in Article 35.

  • Now you might think: But the Chinese government arrests people for things they sayso it's

  • not following its own constitution!

  • But you'd be wrong.

  • You see, a few paragraphs later, the constitution clarifies that citizens, “in exercising

  • their freedoms and rights, may not infringe upon the interests of the State”.

  • So you can say whatever you want, as long as it doesn't offend or expose people in

  • power.

  • Freedom of speech, with Chinese characteristics.

  • Just part of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

  • But surprisingly, one famous Chinese criminal law professor failed to understand this.

  • After one video of his started circulating online, he had years of work and millions

  • of followers on Chinese social media wiped out.

  • This is professor Luo Xiang.

  • He's the director of the Institute of Criminal Law at a prominent university in Beijing.

  • But he's much more than that.

  • Luo Xiang is like a rockstar.

  • Well, a rockstar among criminal law professors.

  • But still, over time he accumulated 2.5 million followers on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

  • Then, when Covid hit, his classroom lectures were moved online to Bilibili, China's version

  • of YouTubewhere he quickly gained 15 million followers.

  • He even got a stint on China's hip new stand-up comedy show.

  • 2020 was a magical year for me.

  • Out of nowhere, we were in a new generation of online learning.

  • Someone uploaded my class lectures on a video platform, and in one night I gained 10 million

  • followers.

  • I would have never thought that everybody's favorite online class, turns out, is a class

  • on criminal law.

  • (audience laughs)

  • I have friends telling me to stop posting about these advanced topics, and to start

  • posting selfies.

  • But with this face?

  • Though it's not particularly illegal, it feels pretty immoral.

  • Hold on, if Luo can make it big with mediocre jokes like that, how come I can't get 15

  • million followers and an invitation to a Chinese comedy show?

  • My jokes are even more mediocre!

  • But while Professor Luo Xiang may have a lot of interesting things to say, it's dangerous

  • to say some of them.

  • In a video that was circulating online a couple weeks ago, he touched the Chinese Communist

  • Party's third rail topic: forced organ harvesting.

  • People who have mental illness or are mentally handicapped, who eat from garbage cans, are

  • sent to the outskirts to be cleaned, raised pale and plump.

  • They are regularly sent to sell their blood, and even have their organs harvested!

  • People are raised like animals...

  • If Social Darwinism goes to the extreme, If you truly don't respect others, you're

  • treating people like they're just animals.

  • How could you not say this kind of behavior constitutes a crime?

  • It's impossible!

  • It's the crime of intentional harm.

  • If you remove both of a person's kidneys, it's the crime of intentional homicide.“

  • Luo was talking about cases like this one, from 2009, where a homeless man was killed

  • and his organs harvested.

  • Several doctors were implicated in the crime.

  • It doesn't seem like Luo was talking about how the Chinese regime itself kills dissidents

  • and ethnic minorities for their organs.

  • But even mentioning forced organ harvesting is taboo in China.

  • Outside China, a lot of people already know the Chinese Communist Party is killing people

  • for their organs.

  • And if you didn't, check out my episode “6 Things That Show China's Organ Harvesting

  • Is RealAn international tribunal confirmed it in

  • 2019.

  • You can read all the evidence in their 60-page judgement.

  • Or you can just watch my listicle video.

  • The point is, forced organ harvesting is being carried out directly by the Chinese state,

  • in state-run hospitals.

  • But the Chinese state also gave itself the constitutional right to forbid anyfree

  • speechthatinfringes upon the interests of the State.”

  • Which brings us back to professor Luo Xiang.

  • The Chinese Communist Party does not want anyone talking about forced organ harvestingespecially

  • when it's trying to celebrate its 100-year anniversary this month.

  • And so Luo Xiang's Weibo account was wiped clean.

  • It's not clear whether authorities wiped his account or whether Luo did it himself

  • after being pressured.

  • Either way, it was the result of Luo Xiang saying things that could not be said.

  • Human rights activist and lawyer Teng Biao pointed out that this censorship shows how

  • Authorities have repeatedly tightened control over speech.”

  • AndIntellectuals with a reputation and conscience like Luo Xiang are now forced to

  • quit Weibo and no longer have room to speak.”

  • Silencing intellectuals: a proud communist tradition.

  • But even before Luo Xiang's Weibo account was wiped clean, he had made several controversial

  • statements.

  • A lot of his most popular videos criticized problems in Chinese society, and issues with

  • China's legal system.

  • Like when he said Chinese laws are written in a vague way, and that makes it easier for

  • authorities to abuse them.

  • Even in this video, Luo is criticizing Social Darwinism, and how it runs rampant in modern

  • Chinese society.

  • Which could be seen as a criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.

  • The sad truth is that if you talk about problems with Chinese society, sooner or later you're

  • going to get in trouble with the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Luo Xiang has been repeatedly harassed on Weibo bypatrioticpro-CCP commenters.

  • And then there's the fact that he's criticized Chinese officials for having double standards.

  • In this post from January, Luo Xiang pointed out hypocrisy by China's foreign minister

  • Zhao Lijian.

  • Zhao had pushed the theory that the coronavirus was a bioweapon created by the United States,

  • and sent out to infect China.

  • Zhao even called for the World Health Organization to investigate an American lab at Fort Detrick

  • as the possible origin of the coronavirus.

  • Professor Luo Xiang saw this and wrote, “Regarding the theory about America creating the coronavirus

  • as a bioweapon, is this not spreading rumors and false information?

  • How come there are no punishments for sharing this rumor?

  • In accordance with the law, this is a typical case of purposely broadcasting false and fear-mongering

  • news.

  • I hope officials can handle this accordingly.”

  • No wonder Luo Xiang's Weibo account was wiped.

  • For now, Luo Xiang's other videos aside from the organ harvesting one are still up

  • on his teaching platform, so he can still give his university lectures.

  • And his videos are still on Bilibili.

  • But it looks like he won't be back on Weibo anytime soon.

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