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World News: China Scores Poorly in Global Democracy Index

China Ballot Officers

In a year of little progress for democracy around the world, China has once more ranked among the lowest on a 2012 global democracy index, while Hong Kong moved up a few places based on rising levels of public participation

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Posted in Human Rights, World News

Media Censorship: China Censorship ‘Not Improving’

China News Stand

China is the world’s biggest prison of journalists and netizens, a press freedom watchdog’s new report says. China has one of the world’s worst records on press freedom, with controls on state-run media and netizens showing no signs of abating,

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Posted in Government Control, Media 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

Censorship: Hong Kong Silent on Editor Visa

Delay raises fears of growing Chinese control of Hong Kong press freedoms. An overseas rights group has called on the Hong Kong government to explain why a cutting-edge Chinese journalist has not been issued with a visa to work in

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Media Censorship

Media Censorship: Popular Talk Show Hosts Axed

Two popular television hosts are fired in Hong Kong, raising fears that Chinese censors are exerting undue influence over the island. An elderly man reads a newspaper in a workshop in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s government broadcaster has said it

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Media Censorship

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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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

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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Posted in Human Rights

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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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

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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Posted in Human Rights

Thousands in Hong Kong Mark Anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square Crackdown

Demonstrators hold a candlelight vigil for protesters crushed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing at the Liberty Square of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2011. The Chinese city of Hong Kong was the

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Posted in Censorship, Human Rights, Political Censorship

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