Rights groups ask China to stop detaining its critics

Reuters, 13 September 2017

By Stephanie Nebehay – Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

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China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

The New York Times, 7 September 2017

By Nick Cumming-Bruce – China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

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UN: China Blocks Activists, Harasses Experts

Human Rights Watch, 5 September 2017

Human Rights Watch — The Chinese government should end its efforts to weaken United Nations mechanisms that promote human rights, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. UN agencies should vigorously resist China’s attempts to restrict access to the UN for human rights groups and activists who work on China.

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China Looks at Western Universities and Smells Weakness

Foreign Policy, 28 August 2017

By Christopher Balding – Cambridge University Press’s announcement that it had removed 300 articles of the China Quarterly from its Chinese website at the request of regulators reignited the debate on academic freedom in China. Following massive pushback, the publisher announced that it would not censor the requested articles and even went so far as to make them available for free.

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Globe and Mail journalist detained by Chinese police in Xinjiang region

The Globe and Mail, 23 August 2017

By Ann Hui – A Globe and Mail journalist was detained by Chinese police and had his camera searched and computer seized while reporting in the remote Xinjiang region in northwestern China.

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China’s desperate desire to keep its people in the dark

The Washington Post, 22 August 2017

Editorial Board – The Cambridge University Press has rightly abandoned its plan to censor the prestigious China Quarterly journal at the behest of the Chinese authorities. It was indefensible for the journal to remove some 300 sensitive articles and book reviews from its website for a Chinese audience, and it realized the error quickly. But the Chinese request will probably not be the last.

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China’s Dystopian Push to Revolutionize Surveillance

Human Rights Watch, 18 August 2017

By Maya Wang – As part of a new multimillion-dollar project in Xinjiang, the Chinese government is attempting to “build a fortress city with technologies.” If this sounds Orwellian, that’s because it is. According to the Sina online news portal, the project is supposed to strengthen the authorities’ hands against unexpected social unrest.

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Forced to comply or shut down, Cambridge University Press’s China Quarterly removes 300 articles in China

Quartz, 18 August 2017

By Echo Huang and Isabella Steger – China’s crackdown on academic freedom has reached the world’s oldest publishing house.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) said it has pulled over 300 articles and book reviews on its China site from the China Quarterly (CQ), one of the most prestigious journals in the China studies field, at the request of the government’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP). The news came to light after an undated screenshot of an email to CQ’s editorial board from the journal’s editor, Tim Pringle, went viral on social media today (Aug. 18).

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