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Internet Censorship: Chinese Censors Target Citizen Journalists

Chinese media controls aim to limit ‘fabricated, inaccurate’ reporting. China’s censors have issued strict new rules to journalists in state-run media, warning that those who report information the government deems “inaccurate” could lose their press cards or face jail. But

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Free Speech: Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Not Fearful of Re-Arrest

Chinese dissident artist says he will pursue the truth until he gets a ‘satisfactory answer.’ Fighting tax evasion charges, outspoken Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei said Tuesday he did not fear re-arrest, suggesting that the authorities were

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Internet Censorship: China Plans Social Media Crackdown

China plans new measures to limit online criticism. In the highest-level indication of a wider Internet crackdown in China, the ruling Communist Party’s central committee has announced plans to tighten controls on online social media and instant messaging tools. The

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Authorities in Southwestern China Downplay the Effects of a Chemical Spill in Yangtze Tributary

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan confirmed on Wednesday that a road accident had triggered the spillage of 38 tons of concentrated sulphuric acid into a tributary of the Yangtze River. The spill happened on Sunday after two

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Chinese Activist Warned Off Foreign Media

But government threats are unlikely to silence China’s rights activists, some analysts say. Authorities in Beijing have warned civil rights campaigner Hu Jia not to give any more interviews to foreign media organizations and to stay away from further activism.

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China: Party Elders Meet, Debate ‘Culture’, Censorship

China’s Party plenum meets to discuss culture, despite a worsening economic crisis. China’s ruling Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing to debate ‘cultural reforms,’ which some interpret as a tightening of control over media and the Internet, ahead of

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China: Secret Arrest to be Justified by Law Amendment

Written by Oiwan Lam The Chinese government is in the process of completing an amendment to its Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). The draft, released for public consultation on 30 August, 2011, has sparked an intense debate among law professors and lawyers,

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China Censors Newsweek Article of Prominent Dissident Ai Weiwei

Censors in China have attempted to purge an essay written by prominent artist and dissident Ai Weiwei by manually tearing the pages of the article from a weekly news magazine. The essay, which appears in the September 5 issue of

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China: Clampdown on Bloggers, ‘Rumors’

Chinese authorities move to further tighten controls on Internet content. Authorities in the Chinese capital have called on major Internet service providers to step up controls over online content, as some companies suspend the accounts of netizens accused of spreading

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Chinese Art Activist Returns to Ruins of Bulldozed Arts District

Written by An Xiao BEIJING — Photographer and installation artist Wu Yuren (吴玉仁), who Hyperallergic profiled last year for his activist work, has returned after a year to visit the 008 and Zhengyang arts districts, both the sites of a

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