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VOA: When the Father of China’s Internet Censorship Resigned, Chinese Netizens Cheerfully Mocked Him

On June 29, 2013, Voice of America published an article on why Chinese netizens were so cheerful when a university president announced he would resign from his post as the president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications due to illness. The president was Fang Binxing, China’s best-known Internet censorship engineer, nicknamed the “Father of China’s Great Firewall.” The “Great Firewall” allows China’s regime to censor websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and anything that the Chinese authorities do not approve. When Fang sent his greetings on a Weibo (Chinese microblog) account, Chinese netizens responded with 250,000 “Go Away” messages. In 2012, when Fang spoke at Wuhan University, students threw eggs and shoes at him.

Fang’s resignation announcement sparked a new round of mocking. Some netizens even posted a sarcastic couplet poem to Fang: “Thousands of People Point Fingers at You When You Are Alive; One Excremental Name Will Follow You after You Pass Away.” The title of the poem was “A Life Journey Not Taken in Vain.”

Source: Voice of America, June 29, 2013