The failure of The Mercury to publish my submission on China and Human Rights is very significant. It shows that where China is concerned, no adverse or critical opinions are tolerated. That, in turn, shows the extent to which The Mercury is beholden to the control of those who actively foster links and trade

with China and whose agenda has everything to do with material beneficiation whilst ignoring human rights. For a paper that routinely publishes stories about ‘struggle heroes’ who suffered under apartheid violations of human rights, your failure to shine that torch at China is a deplorable example of hypocrisy.

Published in The Mercury Jan 2021


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