The article found on the guardian is written by someone who was silenced on the internet, by the extreme censorship in China. He talks about how he’s blogs were randomly deleted off the internet, and how it made him feel powerless.
Can you imagine spending months, maybe even years writing and perfecting your own blog, for it to then be deleted without understanding why? Well this happens every day in China to many people, just because they would have posted something which would have been offensive to someone.
This is extreme, everyone has an opinion, but if your opinion is not like what everyone else belives then you get punished for it. In some ways it is worse than death, because you’re going your whole life being silenced by fear and this control over you. You’re going your whole life without speaking up and speaking for what you believe in because you’re worried that something or someone is going to punish you.