August 17, 2022
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‘Voice of April’: Chinese netizens get creative to keep censored film on social media

Rare show of political defiance came shortly after further strengthening of Shanghai’s Covid lockdown

A virtual protest has taken place on China’s heavily monitored social media platforms, where netizens took turns to keep a censored video called the Voice of April alive and overwhelm censors.

The six-minute short documentary is a collage of audio snippets of government official announcements, as well as residents’ descriptions of their sufferings during Shanghai’s strict lockdowns in the last three weeks. The video showed the city’s skyline presented without commentary and was mostly in black and white. The ending card of the video read: “Get better soon, Shanghai.”

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