Security authorities in the Chinese province of Henan have commissioned a surveillance system to be used to track journalists and international students, documents obtained by Reuters revealed.
The surveillance system is testament to the lengths Chinese authorities will go to suppress independent journalism and free speech.
The documents revealing details about the surveillance system are a tender document published on the Henan provincial government’s procurement website in July.
The government wanted to obtain a system that can collect individual files on persons of interest coming to Henan by leveraging the 3,000 facial recognition cameras connected to multiple regional and national databases.
On September 17, the government awarded a 5 million yuan contract to tech firm Neusoft. The company was supposed to finish building the system in two months, meaning the system could already be running.
It is not clear whether or not the system has been finished or deployed.