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Geng Jianyi
The Second Situation
Uli Sigg Collection
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by Charlie Finch

In 1898, the Empress Dowager of China announced, "As newspapers only serve to excite the masses to subvert the present order of things and the editors concerned are composed of the dregs of the literary classes, we hereby command the entire suppression of all newspapers published within the Empire, while the editors connected with them are to be arrested and punished with the utmost rigors of the law."