Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

In 2015 Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee (林榮基), the founder of "Causeway Bay Books,” known for its salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, was detained by mainland China's Customs officers in the city of Shenzhen. After he was taken onto a 7-seater car and driven to a police station, he was interrogated by … Continue reading Will Hong Kong’s Free Media Be Banned? – How The Crackdown on Free Speech in the Former British Colony Is Intensifying

Chinese Journalism Student Working For Foreign Media Outlet Arrested For Subverting State Power

A 22-year-old Chinese citizen was arrested on charges of subverting state power after he worked as an intern for a foreign media outlet that published articles critical of the Chinese Communist government, Chinese state media reported. On April 15 the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated its 6th National Security Education Day (全民国家安全教育日) to raise … Continue reading Chinese Journalism Student Working For Foreign Media Outlet Arrested For Subverting State Power

Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, it has become increasingly difficult for academics to do research in mainland China, say two Taiwanese scholars interviewed by Hong Kong-based news outlet Apple Daily. According to professor Wang Hsin-hsien (王信賢), head of the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies of Taiwan's National Cheng-Chih University … Continue reading Xi Jinping Has Made It Harder To Study China, Say Taiwanese Scholars

Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

A Chinese university professor has been reportedly denounced by student informants for "opposing the (Chinese Communist) Party and violating the constitution" (反党违宪) amid a growing crackdown on free speech on Chinese campuses. According to media reports, Lü Jia (吕嘉), associate professor at the School of Marxism of the prestigious Tsinghua University, in China's capital Beijing, … Continue reading Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

Chinese court sentences activists who sold liquor commemorating 1989 Tiananmen crackdown to three years in prison

Two Chinese activists who in 2016 sold liquor commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have been given suspended jail sentences. Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court found Fu Hailu (符海陆) and Zhang Juanyong (张隽勇) guilty of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble" (寻衅滋事), a catch-all phrase used by the Chinese Communist regime to crack down on activists … Continue reading Chinese court sentences activists who sold liquor commemorating 1989 Tiananmen crackdown to three years in prison

The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

On March 19, 2007, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published a report on the development of China's media. The paper, titled "The Chinese Media: More Autonomous and Diverse--Within Limits," outlined how during the previous two decades China's print and broadcast media had expanded, diversified and commercialized. Among the factors that contributed to the … Continue reading The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan (approximately US$73) for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela's socialist government. Last week Chinese Twitter user Xiucai Jianghu (秀才江湖, @xiucai1911) tweeted out the picture of a document allegedly filed by the Public Security Bureau of Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province. The tweet appears to have been … Continue reading A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

UK Government Report Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong’s Freedoms

The government of the United Kingdom has expressed concern over the "continued pressure on Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and on rights and freedoms enshrined in the Basic Law", according to a report released on September 6. The British Foreign Secretary has reported to Parliament on the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on … Continue reading UK Government Report Expresses Concern Over Hong Kong’s Freedoms

Girlfriend of Hong Kong Democracy Activist Joshua Wong Detained In Mainland China

On February 18 Tiffany Chin (錢詩文), a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was denied entry into mainland China and detained at Kunming Airport. The 19-year-old Tiffany Chin is the girlfriend of Joshua Wong, the founder of 'Scholarism', a pro-democracy student association that was at the forefront of last year's Occupy Central movement. Joshua Wong soon became … Continue reading Girlfriend of Hong Kong Democracy Activist Joshua Wong Detained In Mainland China