2016 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX - China
  • Tue, 12/13/2016 - 14:29

Great Firewall and systematic imprisonment

As well as building a Great Firewall to monitor and control blogs and social networks, the Communist Party exercises total control over China’s many media outlets. Independent journalists such as Gao Yu are harassed and jailed. The last time Gao was arrested, she was accused of leaking a classified document listing “ten perils to combat” that included media independence. “Making unauthorized criticisms” is one of the many bans to which journalists are subjected. It reinforces an already formidable arsenal that includes the state secrets law and the criminal code. President Xi Jiping is on RSF’s list of predators of press freedom.

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