Asia Pacific Banned in Beijing: China shutters film festival just before opening night

The director of the annual Beijing Independent Film Festival was jailed and forced to promise not to open the festival. The move comes as social media, arts, and religion are increasingly restricted. 

By , Staff writer

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The closing of an independent film festival on the outskirts of Beijing before it ever opened adds to an intensified campaign in China against activity not considered in line with orthodox party thinking under President Xi Jinping. The broadening range of targets including legal aid, social media, arts, civil society, and Christian churches.