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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Chinese Censorship Hits the Middle East

Raddington Report, 15 August 2017

By Neil Thompson – A deal between Beijing and the increasingly despotic Erdogan regime in Turkey is raising fears of a new phase of Chinese political influence, in which Chinese soft power is used to persuade foreign governments to allow the same type of pro-Beijing censorship that constricts the Chinese internet in their own countries.

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EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

Human Rights Watch, 19 June 2017

Human Rights Watch — The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels.

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Why the Communist Party has created a new bureau for Xinjiang

South China Morning Post, 5 May 2017

By Jun Mai — The ruling Communist Party of China has created a new bureau to improve intelligence and policy coordination in Xinjiang, the vast western region that has been placed under what many see as increasing police surveillance and intrusive social control.

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China accuses western media of fake news about human rights

The Guardian, 3 March 2017


By Tom Phillips — China has launched a Donald Trump-style attack on foreign media, branding claims that a leading human rights lawyer was tortured by government agents fake news.

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China congress: BBC team forced to sign confession

BBC, 3 March 2017


By John Sudworth — The plan was a simple one. We’d arranged to meet a woman in her village in China’s central Hunan Province and to then travel with her by train to Beijing, filming as we went.

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How China tightened its grip on the media during 2016, by IFJ

The Guardian, 20 January 2017


By Roy Greenslade — Media across mainland China was muted throughout 2016, says a report on the International Federation of Journalists’ website, “Strangling the media: China tightens its grip”.

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Meet China’s Salman Rushdie

Foreign Policy, 1 October 2015

By Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – On a warm late afternoon in June, I sat with Perhat Tursun as he slowly exhaled a puff of smoke from a blue cigarette with shiny gold trim. Arrayed on the pale lace tablecloth before us was an assortment of nuts, sunflower seeds, and wine. The furniture was a muted neo-Victorian, but on the wall behind Perhat hung a set of three abstract paintings, a shock of modern hues. “A local artist,” he told me.

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