So I know we all love the People’s Republic of China lately but this is just your occasional reminder that it’s still totally a Communist dictatorship.

According to Secrecy News, a project of the Federation of American Scientists, China is still pretty intrusive as far as students are concerned. According to a Secrecy News post by Steven Aftergood:

The Chinese Communist Party employs a growing network of student informants who monitor political expression on university campuses and denounce professors and students for politically subversive or unconventional views, according to… the Central Intelligence Agency [report].

Established in 1989 after the Tienanmen Square protests, “the principal objective of the Student Informant System [SIS] is to ensure campus stability and to control the debate and discussion of politically sensitive issues,” the CIA report said. “Students have had their scholarships revoked and their academic records penalized because of information provided by student informants that is sometimes highly subjective, such as facial expressions.”

Student spies report on both fellow students and professors for “politically subversive or unconventional views,” according to the CIA report. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

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