Lek Chan’s digital illustration are beautiful and full of meaning. Lek Chan lives in Taiwan, and often she has to deal with political and social upheaval. In a recent piece for her blog titled Muffled she writes:
There has been a of “speech muffling” happened here recently. A gov body openly warned public not to post any info/statement that will harm the country (in fact, not to harm the current established gov). A news program had been punished for showing a picture of our frowning prime minister.
When i was watching a cold war documentary series, i came a cross this line: “What devastating is not the act of censorship, but the product of censorship”. Self-censorship, is far more devastating than censorship itself. When the populace had underwent long period of speech suppression, they will then developed a automatic self-filtration for speech, to avoid political persecution.
There is no room for truth and criticism. Hopeless. Lek Chen
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