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China’s Censors Catch Up with Discussions of BBC Racism Expose

Chinese censors are tightening up the discussion surrounding the controversial BBC documentary Racism for Sale by banning any screengrabs from the program to be displayed on social media.

China’s censors are now cracking down on online discussions sparked by the BBC documentary “Racism for Sale.” The program exposes the trade in online videos in which African children are tricked into repeating demeaning phrases in Mandarin. 

The domestic conversation included both discussions of anti-Black racism in China and much conspiracy-mongering about the BBC’s role in producing the expose. Some of the accounts circulating the videos and some racist search terms have now been shut down by the censors, although some of the content is still circulating.

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