Apple Removes Song That References Tiananmen Massacre From Services in China

Apple Content Removed China

Less than two months before the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Apple removed a song that made a reference to it from Apple Music in China. The Hong Kong Free Press reported:

The song, the title of which translates to “The Path of Man,” was the theme music of the 1990 film A Chinese Ghost Story II. According to the late James Wong, who penned the lyrics, parts of the song were directly referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

“The youth are angry, heaven and earth are weeping… How did our land become a sea of blood? How did the path home become a path of no return?” the lyrics read.

This happened about a week after nearly all songs by pro-democracy protesters Anthony Wong and Denise Ho were also removed from Apple Music in China while remaining available in the Hong Kong, Taiwan, and North America regions.

Sources / Relevant Material

  1. Hong Kong Free Press "Apple Music in China removes Jacky Cheung song with reference to Tiananmen massacre" by Holmes Chan (9 Apr 2019)
  2. Mashable "Apple removes song that referenced Tiananmen Square Massacre from China's Apple Music" by Raymond Wong (10 Apr 2019)
  3. The Verge "Lawmakers lash out at Apple for censoring a song about Tiananmen Square protests" by Shannon Liao (12 Apr 2019)