Category Archives: Internet Freedom

China: Suspension of Feminist Social Media Another Example of “Zero Tolerance”

NEW YORK—The suspension of a feminist group’s social media accounts underscores China’s “zero tolerance” policy for free speech and human rights, said PEN America in a statement today. Continue reading

William Ide: UN Social Media Posts Removed in China After Backlash

The United Nations has removed two Lunar New Year posts on refugees and poverty from its social media site on China’s popular Weibo microblogging platform after the messages sparked strong backlash online. Continue reading

China Warns Officials to Stay on Message When Chatting Online

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Man using a laptop at a Beijing office of Sina Weibo, widely known as China’s version of Twitter, an early victim of President Xi Jinping’s ongoing campaign tighten online control, in April 2014 photo. AFP

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has published a warning to its officials using the popular chat app WeChat, banning them from making “off message” comments on social media. Continue reading

China Shores up Great Firewall With New Rules Targeting VPNs

man surfs the Internet at a coffee shop in Beijing in a file photo

A man surfs the Internet at a coffee shop in Beijing in a file photo. AFP

China says it will crack down in 2017 on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known as the Great Firewall that limits what its citizens can see online. Continue reading

Lecturer Fired in China’s Shandong After he Criticized Chairman Mao

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Poet Lu Yang holds up a sign supporting Deng Xiangchao, a professor who was fired by Shandong Jianzhu University for criticizing Mao Zedong, in the Shandong capital Jinan, Jan 4, 2017. Courtesy of Lu Yang.

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have terminated the contract of a university lecturer who criticized late supreme leader Mao Zedong, following protests and violent attacks on campus that were blamed on members of Maoist groups. Continue reading

Chinese blogger-activist ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ to be indicted; lawyer not given access – report

wu-gan2The case of a Chinese blogger and activist known as “Super Vulgar Butcher” has been transferred to a court for indictment. Wu Gan, known for his creative protests on sensitive topics, was detained in May 2015 for joining a demonstration staged by lawyers seeking to reopen an old case. Following his detention, state media launched a high-profile attack to discredit him. Continue reading

Rights Website Founder Formally Arrested For Subversion in China’s Hubei

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Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch website founder Liu Feiyue is shown in an undated photo. Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei have formally arrested Liu Feiyue, the founder of a rights website, on subversion charges, fellow activists and relatives told RFA on Wednesday. Continue reading

China Bans User-Made, ‘Unlicensed’ Video, Audio From Social Media

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China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television holds political study meeting, Nov. 21, 2016. Public Domain.

China’s powerful media regulator has banned social media platforms like WeChat, and the Twitter-like Weibo services run by Sina and Tencent, from disseminating user-generated audio and video, in a move that appears to be aimed at stifling citizen reporting in a country where all news is controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading