25 year old Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin was last week stopped in Hong Kong from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, where the Miss World finals will be held in December for speaking out against the country's human rights record
Global Times, a prominent Communist-run newspaper has said; "Lin has to pay a cost for being tangled with hostile forces against China," the paper added that she cannot expect to "play up to her circle in Canada through defaming China and then strive to reach the broad mainland market".
Lin has said she believes Chinese authorities are concerned she will use the Miss World contest, set to be televised live in China, as a platform to speak out on Beijing's rights record. On her Facebook page, she said: “My purpose is to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I also want to give courage to all people living under repressive systems.
The 25-year-old was born in China, but moved to Canada at the age of 13 with her mother where she became an actor and a classically trained pianist.
“Probably because Lin moved to Canada at a young age, she lacks reasonable understanding of the country where she was born. She might not know that all performers should avoid being involved in radical political issues in the globalised times,” Global Times added.