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August 22, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Cambridge University Press Bows to Chinese Censorship Pressure, Then Pivots

According to The Guardian, Cambridge University Press (CUP) “has been accused of being an accomplice to the Communist party’s bid to whitewash Chinese history after it agreed to purge hundreds of politically-sensitive articles from its Chinese website at the behest of Beijing’s censors.” It complied with a request to block more than 300 articles—which focus on topics such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, and ethnic tensions in Xinjiang and Tibet—from the China studies journal, The China Quarterly.

The Guardian continues, “[A]s reports of the publisher’s move spread, it faced a growing outcry from academics and activists who called for the decision to be reversed,” including accusations of selling its soul for Chinese government money.

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UPDATE: According to the BBC, “The Chinese had said that if CUP did not censor content, it would not be able to publish other material in China. [CUP] changed its mind after protests. In a petition published on Monday, academics from around the world spoke out against what they called China's attempts to 'export its censorship on topics that do not fit its preferred narrative'. Tim Pringle, editor of The China Quarterly, whose articles were blocked, welcomed the reversal.”

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