Outrage as China bans George Orwell novels, Winnie the Pooh and the letter N amongst censorship crackdown

China have banned George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ amongst more in a significant censorship crackdown.

Recent reports have stated that Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’, Winnie the Pooh and the letter ‘N’ has been banned in a colossal censorship sweep, as per the Telegraph.

The suggestion for the censorship sweep is to further strengthen the position of the Chinese Communist Party as Xi Jinping looks to abolish the two-term restrictions in order to become a leader of the country for an unlimited period.

Along with Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ the novel ‘1984’ has been banned. Both books have been strongly been embedded within British society. Understandably, the news has provoked a strong reaction for the UK.

‘Animal Farm’ is a novel that has been on the curriculum within British education for a number of years. The novel is shaped on Orwell’s experience of the Spanish Civil War. Unsurprisingly, the novel has a historic record of being banned form regions under a communist rule even before the recent censorship within China.

‘Animal Farm’ was banned until 1989 by the Eastern Bloc during a time of communist rule.

Further, Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ has also been banned from China with the book in question carrying strong themes throughout against heavy surveillance.

Naturally the news has provoked a strong reaction online with many individuals taking to social media to express their opposition to the latest censorship crackdown.

 

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