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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Italian Politicians Call on Parliament to Explain Uyghur Exile Leader’s Detention

Radio Free Asia, 10 August 2017

By Alim Seytoff – Three Italian politicians called on both houses of Italy’s parliament last week to explain why the leader of a prominent Uyghur exile association was detained on July 26 by a special unit of the Italian police at the time of a human rights conference, and to say how Italy plans to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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Hebibulla Tohti

Radio Free Asia, 10 August 2017

By Shohret Hoshur  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have sentenced a prominent Uyghur theological scholar sponsored by the country’s state-sanctioned Islamic Association to 10 years in prison following his return from Egypt, according to local sources.

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Uighur Arrest in Italy Sparks Fears of Chinese Interference in Europe

Voice of America, 4 August 2017

By Joyce Huang – The brief detention of a prominent exiled Uighur leader in Italy last week is raising alarm among human rights groups, who see it as a sign of growing Chinese political influence in Europe.

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Exiled Uighur group condemns Italy’s detention of its general secretary

Reuters, 31 July 2017

By Michael Martina — A prominent Uighur exile was detained briefly by police in Italy, his organization said on Friday, calling on the European Union to investigate whether China had pressured Italian authorities to take action.

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Human rights in China going in ‘negative direction’: internal Canadian government report

The Globe and Mail, 12 July 2017

By Mike Blanchfield — Respect for human rights in China has declined over the past two years with crackdowns on media and political dissent being notable problems, says an internal Canadian government report.

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