This is pretty rich: A columnist who writes for China Daily is concerned about the suppression of free speech. There’s really no word for that level of irony, but that’s his story, and he’s sticking to it. Chen Weihua replied to Elon Musk — who must be having a ball with the replies to his tweets — saying that his “China state-affiliated media” label should be removed, because it’s “totally discriminatory” and intimidates those who’d like to retweet him.
Elon Musk should remove my label. Also, when people want to like or RT my tweets, they are now reminded by Twitter that “this is state affiliated media”. This is totally discriminatory and suppression of free speech. Twitter must change such policy.
— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@chenweihua) April 29, 2022
Such practice amounts to an intimidation to people who would like to RT or like my tweets.
— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@chenweihua) April 30, 2022
No, it's not. People should be aware that your publication is owned by, and thus affiliated with, the state (in this case, the PRC). It's not discrimination to highlight that, as it's different than most publications. How is your speech being surpressed? I can read your links np.
— 🌻⚙️⚓ Bob, Engineer, Pusher of Paper (@NavMechEng) April 30, 2022
Someone please screenshot this plea of Mr Chen and post it to Weibo? I am sure many Chinese netizens would agree with Mr Chen (if they are lucky enough to get a glimpse of Mr Chen's plea), and perhaps come to his aid to amplify his voice😂
— Hannah (@Hannah_Bandana_) April 30, 2022
Oh, they'll agree all right, or else.
— Important Stuff (@profoundstuff) April 30, 2022
Stop whining about it. It’s important that people know they are dealing with Chinese state media.
— Camille Araz (@CamilleAraz) April 30, 2022
It’s almost as if you don’t want people to know where you come from so you can hide something
— El Jim (@Crypt0Jem) April 30, 2022
Oh you mean the people in China who might want t….
Oh, wait. About that…
— poop now wipe later (@Weapon_XReject) April 30, 2022
Twitter has banned the previous president of the United States completely, but this clown is upset about being labeled state-affiliated media.
Tell me again why you're on Twitter when China bans Twitter?
— Joey (for #DCstatehood) (@JoeySchmittPhD) April 30, 2022
You ARE state affiliated media. Don’t worry, one day the world won’t have to worry about Chinese oppression 😉
— King Pickle 🌻🇺🇦 (@RSetay) April 30, 2022
Lol @ state actors with a platform crying about free speech. HINT: Nobody cares about your whining and misinformation attempts
— Lake House (@BeeNBee123) April 30, 2022
— @Danjou's Wooden Hand (@danjoushand) April 30, 2022
😂 Chinese government whining about free speech is about as funny as you can get without telling a joke
— Melon Usk (@MelonUsk00) April 30, 2022
No one likes you
— Steve Daniels (@SteveDaniels247) April 30, 2022
It’s important to have Chinese officials telling Elon Musk how freedom of speech works.
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 6, 2022