When was the last time you made a joke about Donald Trump online? Did you get a visit from law enforcement? Did you spend the night in a jail cell?
My guess is probably not.
But this is the reality of so many people living under the rule of the Communist Party of China (CPC) -- especially the human rights activists who made the regime’s atrocities known to the world.
Despite knowing about the CPC’s shameful record on human rights, Apple keeps the back door open for them to surveil speech online.
Activists living under the Communist Party of China’s surveillance apparatus put themselves at risk every single time they share something online. But you can make sure these activists are not alone by taking a stand against Apple.
The fight ahead is harder than ever before, so we need the strength of our powerful membership more than ever.
A monthly donation will supercharge the campaign against Apple and allow us to keep its public relations office flooded with your phone calls, reporter inquiries, and angry Twitter notifications. Your donation today will make sure we’re ready to go at a moment’s notice. That way, we never miss the next opportunity -- whether it’s to disrupt a public appearance from Tim Cooke or fly activists to Apple’s next shareholder meeting.
This is only possible with a commitment from you.
An independent blogger named Chen Jieren wrote articles that pointed to corruption by party officials. Shortly after, Hunan police detained him.
But it’s not just activists who are at risk. This is a fight for freedom for everyone.
Take the case of Chen Shouli, a construction supervisor who made a joke about a senior government official using his iPhone 7. A few days later, he was questioned by police then locked in a cell for five days.
For those on the front lines, virtual private networks (VPNs) are life-saving tools activists can use to evade censorship, surveillance, and backlash for defending human rights online. So why has Apple has removed over 600 VPN apps in China?
Can you chip in a little each month to protect people from unwarranted surveillance from the government in China?