Commuters using smartphones stand in line at a bus station in Beijing on March 2. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works

  • Tue, 05/24/2016 - 20:16

This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

To sway public opinion, China plants 488 million fake social media posts a year

  • Mon, 05/23/2016 - 23:51

The Chinese government is paying its employees to generate positive comments on blog posts, and those positive comments totaled about 488 million from 2013 to 2014, a study from Harvard University researchers revealed last week.

Revealed: the digital army making hundreds of millions of social media posts singing praises of the Communist Party

  • Thu, 05/19/2016 - 20:46

US researchers carry out first deep analysis of China’s government-backed internet warriors known as the ‘50-cent gang’

A court official reads a decision confirming sentence to a death row inmate.

China’s Average “Death Row” Prisoner Waits 2 Months for Execution

  • Tue, 05/17/2016 - 18:58

Though China continues to make liberal use of the death penalty—executing more people than the rest of the world combined—the Chinese public is less aware of “death row.”

China Pressures Europe to Stay Silent on Human Rights

  • Mon, 05/16/2016 - 15:02

China’s attempts to export its censorship and authoritarianism raise serious questions for all European countries.

PEN’s 2015 Case List documents decline in freedom of expression worldwide

  • Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:21

The 2015 Case List, published today by PEN International, spotlights freedom of expression violations around the world, detailing over 1000 cases of harassment, arrests, attacks, killings and imprisonments of writers worldwide and highlights the worldwide deterioration of freedom of expression.

Chinese property tycoon and celebrity tweeter Ren Zhiqiang, a critic of President Xi Jinping's campaign to tighten control over state-run media, delivers a speech to university students in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, Dec. 17, 2015.

China Steps Up Ideological Campaign on World Press Freedom Day

  • Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:19

President Xi Jinping follows up warnings to state media with fears of "hostile" conspirators peddling western ideas in party ranks.

Souvenir plates bearing the images of China's President Xi Jinping are displayed at a shop near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, February 26, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Communist Party Cracks Down on ‘Improper Discussion’ — Even After Retirement

  • Tue, 05/03/2016 - 20:16

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continues his bid to consolidate power, his 88 million-strong Communist Party has increasingly spoken with one voice. Failure to sing to the same tune could mean facing the music.

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Freedom of the Press 2016

  • Thu, 04/28/2016 - 21:15

China is home to one of the world’s most restrictive media environments.

China: Scrap Foreign NGO law aimed at choking civil society

  • Thu, 04/28/2016 - 21:01

The Chinese government must scrap a new law aimed at further smothering civil society, Amnesty International said today.