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China Rights Review ‘Shrouded in Secrecy,’ Activists Pressured

A policeman tries to stop a photographer from taking pictures at a police checkpoint in Beijing.

  China has launched a nationwide crackdown on rights activists clamoring for transparency and participation in the government’s closed-door preparations for a once-in-four years U.N. review of the country’s human rights record, according to a rights group. Chinese rights campaigners

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights

Media Censorship: Top Chinese Reporter Fired as Thugs Attack Film Crew

Wang Keqin

A day after China’s best-known investigative journalist was forced to leave yet another reporting job, a German television crew was attacked by men with baseball bats while on a reporting trip near Beijing. The departure of top reporter Wang Keqin

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Internet Censorship: China’s Internet Censors for Sale

China Censors

Written by Danny O’Brien – Re-published from eff.org (Creative Commons) What happens when a country’s government censors the entirety of its domestic web, with no oversight or transparency? It turns out that politicians aren’t the only ones with an interest

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Posted in Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Chinese Censorship: Editor Suicide Linked to Pressure

Chinese journalists say they ‘can think but can’t write, can write but can’t publish.’ The suicide this week of a top features editor at the Communist Party official newspaper People’s Daily has sent shock waves through the tightly controlled world

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Posted in Media Censorship

Art Censorship: Dissident Chinese Artist Loses Tax Appeal

The lawyer for Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei said his client lost his appeal Friday against a $2.4 million tax evasion fine on a company he founded. Pu Zhiqiang said the Beijing Chaoyang District court rejected an appeal against

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Posted in Art Censorship

Internet Censorship: CCP Proposes Cells For Microblogs

China’s ruling Communist Party wants to set up branches at all major microblogging sites. Authorities plan to establish propaganda department branches of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the offices of Chinese Internet companies providing microblogging services, according to reports

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Posted in Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

China’s Top Official in Tibet Orders New Media Clampdown

China’s top leader in Tibet is urging local authorities to clamp down on Internet and mobile phone use in the region, as Beijing prepares to open its annual National People’s Congress and Tibetans honor those who have died protesting Chinese

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Media Censorship

Internet Censorship: China Clamps Down on Microblogs

New microblog rules requiring account holders to use their real names are being rolled out in two other major Chinese cities following the first clampdown on Twitter-like services in Beijing earlier this month. Seven major websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen,

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Posted in Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: Chinese Netizens Jailed for Wedding Video

Chinese authorities move quickly to discourage ‘negative’ postings online. Two men who posted a video of columns of police they said were a guard of honor at a wedding party in the central province of Hunan have been sentenced to

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Posted in Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Media Censorship

Censorship: Seven Detained Over Kadeer DVDs

Chinese police say they were in possession of a documentary featuring the exiled Uyghur leader. Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained seven ethnic minority Uyghurs after police raids confiscated DVDs featuring exiled Uyghur businesswoman Rebiya

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Posted in Free Speech, Political Censorship

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