On the afternoon of May 19, Fang Bingxing (方滨兴), the president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and the man who is often credited as having engineered China’s national internet controls, the so-called Great Firewall, was pummeled with eggs and shoes by a student while giving an address at Wuhan University. The student uploaded images to the web and received widespread support from Chinese internet users, exposing the deep unpopularity of internet censorship in China. According to other versions circulating on China’s internet, the attack was launched by several students, and scores of others attempting to force their way into the building where Fang was giving his talk were held back by security. In this cartoon, posted by the bold Southern Daily Group comic artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to his QQ.com blog, an empty lectern is buried in shoes presumably fired at a detested speaker. One of the microphones is bent over pathetically. What you don’t see says it all.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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