The Tank Man

Student Worksheet

Censor It

You are a censor in the Chinese government editing the BBC article on the Tiananmen Square protests. Use a thick red or black marker to block out any terms that the Chinese government would find objectionable. Discuss your rationale for blacking out particular words with your partner.

When you are finished, reread the article with your revisions. Discuss these questions and write responses.

  1. How does your censored version differ from the original article?

  2. If the censored version was your only source of information, how would this version impact your understanding of the events that occurred in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989?