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Springer Nature Removes Articles at Request of Chinese Government

Javier C. Hernández writes in The New York Times, “Springer Nature, whose publications include Nature and Scientific American, acknowledged that at the [Chinese] government’s request, it had removed articles from its mainland site that touch on topics the ruling Communist Party considers sensitive, including Taiwan, Tibet, human rights and elite politics.” However, “[t]he publisher defended its decision, saying that only 1 percent of its content was inaccessible in mainland China.”

Earlier this year, Cambridge University Press came under fire for removing more than 300 articles from the Chinese site of its China Quarterly journal.

Hernández cites scholars who “denounced Springer Nature’s censorship in the mainland. … They accused the company of prioritizing profit over free speech.” Springer Nature’s director of communications and engagement, Susie Winter, “called the company’s action ‘deeply regrettable,’ but said that it had been taken ‘to prevent a much greater impact on our customers and authors.’”

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