China: ‘Tiananmen singer’ Cui Jian censored

22 January 2014

The Chinese musician Cui Jian whose song became the unofficial anthem for demonstrating students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests declined a major public appearance over censorship concerns.


Cui Jian was due to play at China’s Spring Festival Gala, one of the most watched programmes anywhere on the planet which draws a tv audience of hundreds of millions. Cui Jian’s manager You You told AP that the rock singer withdrew after the organisers of the state broadcaster’s variety show had tried to censor his performance.

Cui Jian had wanted to sing his 1986-song ‘Nothing To My Name’ at China Central Television’s 30 January gala show, but was told that this was not an option.

BBC News – 18 January 2013:
China protest singer Cui Jian pulls out of TV gala
Chinese singer Cui Jian, one of whose songs became an anthem of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has pulled out of a major show on state TV.

Billboard – 20 January 2013:
Rock Legend Cui Jian Shuns Official Favor

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