Beijing, China— Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China, has ordered the censorship of news reports about the death of American football legend, Jim Brown. Sources say that the Chinese government is concerned about the impact that this news might have on the young people of China.
Jim Brown, who died at the age of 87 on Friday, was known not only for his accomplishments on the football field, but also for his activism and acting career. However, the Chinese government is worried that Brown’s legacy of political engagement might inspire a similar spirit of rebellion in young people in China.
“Jim Brown is a symbol of the freethinking, outspoken individualism that the Chinese government cannot tolerate,” said a high-ranking source within the Chinese government. “We cannot allow this kind of influence to enter China and threaten our social stability.”
The Chinese government has reportedly gone to extraordinary lengths to suppress all reports of Brown’s passing within the country. Internet search engines have been filtered to prevent any mention of his name, and news outlets have been warned to avoid covering the story.
But the censorship has not gone unnoticed. Jim Brown’s fans in China have taken to social media, expressing their outrage at the government’s attempt to silence his story. Many are calling for greater freedom of expression in China, and using Brown’s example as a rallying cry.
“Jim Brown represents everything that is great about America,” said one Chinese internet user. “We need more heroes like him in our own country.”
At the time of writing, the Chinese government had not commented on the situation, but sources say that they are monitoring the situation closely.
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