Authorities attempt to censor China’s #metoo movement

Radio dispatch from Beijing for ABC Radio National. Listen here.

It all began with the sexual assault allegations levelled at high profile Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein in October last year.

Since then, powerful men around the world have been brought down by similar charges of sexual misbehaviour — and not just in the entertainment industry.

In Australia, the latest to fall is Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. He resigned on Sunday after being handed the findings of a council investigation into claims by several women that he sexually harassed them.

Robert Doyle has denied all the allegations.

He is the first Australian casualty in public office of the #metoo movement, which has seen women around the world come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and assault.

The movement has also gained traction in China despite Chinese authorities attempting to ban the use of the #metoo hashtag on Chinese social media platforms.


Dr Zhiqiong June Wang
Senior lecturer, Western Sydney University School of Law
Joanna Chiu
Beijing Correspondent for AFP


Zoe Ferguson

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