British political magazine the New Statesman invited Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei to guest-edit their latest edition. In order to beat the Great Firewall, the New Statesman have released the Chinese edition of the magazine for free, and encourage their readers to torrent and share it.
Deputy editor Helen Lewis explains the logic behind the move:
The issues on which Ai has spoken out are vital ones: the shoddy construction standards which led to needless deaths in the Sichuan earthquake; the censorship of the press; the limitations placed on the internet by the “Great Firewall of China”.
So the New Statesman decided to do what it could to help. This week, we have produced the magazine in Mandarin, in PDF format, which we are uploading to file-sharing sites (here’s the .torrent file and here’s the magnet link – please share both widely). Internet-savvy people in China have learned how to get round the censors using private networks and encryption, and they will be able to access the digital version of the NS – and give it to their friends.
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