By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ NOV. 12, 2015
BEIJING — Legal activists and those suspected of crimes in China are routinely abused and mistreated at the hands of law enforcement officials, a report released on Thursday by Amnesty International found, despite recent efforts by the government to crack down on inhumane judicial practices.
The report found that much of the abuse is directed at lawyers, who have come under increasing pressure amid a vigorous campaign by President Xi Jinping to rein in dissent Continue reading
Police check the ID cards of netizens at an Internet cafe in Shandong province, July 31, 2013.
China has compiled a “blacklist” of keywords banned by its complex Internet censorship regime, known as the Great Firewall, and is now seeking to apply them well beyond its physical borders via a domain-name registry based in the United States, according to recent reports.
U.S.-based domain-name registry XYZ.com recently made a deal with the Chinese government requiring it to enforce Beijing’s censorship globally based on a list of Continue reading
New amendments recently in force to China’s criminal law have added more than 20 crimes to the statute book, including many critics say could further erode freedom of speech and place even more power in the hands of the state.
The amendments, effective Sunday, make it a crime to ‘insult a judge,’ ‘disrupt court order,’ post ‘rumors’ online and cheat in exams, while scaling back the death penalty on some crimes.
New criminal offenses include “fabricating, deliberately Continue reading
Angela Merkel and Xi Jinping speak to reporters in Beijing, Oct. 29, 2015.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Friday after meeting with nine human rights activists and political dissidents.
The Chancellor, who is currently under fire in Europe over her open-border policy on refugees, met with a group that included human rights lawyers, writers, and bloggers at the German Embassy in Beijing on Thursday evening, Bloomberg reported.
They told her that the human rights situation in China Continue reading
By James Griffiths, CNN
Updated 0129 GMT (0929 HKT) October 26, 2015
It was a visit he had been dreading for almost six months, since he began working on a tool to help Chinese Internet users get around the vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall.
Crowded inside his apartment in a northern Chinese city, Continue reading
Netizens surf the web at an Internet cafe in China’s Zhejiang province in a file photo.
China’s media regulator on Tuesday issued new rules pledging to crack down on its citizens’ reception of overseas television and Internet content, to protect “national security.”
In a recent directive, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) ordered provincial and regional government, police departments, and judicial agencies at all levels to “strike hard” at any form of illegal television or Internet content and equipment.
It listed 81 content providers offering Continue reading
By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ October 22, 2015
Guards changing shifts beneath the portrait of the former Chinese leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing after a flag-raising ceremony this month.
Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press
HONG KONG — Karla Cabrera, a 29-year-old lawyer in Mexico City, was excited when she came across “Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought,” an online course about the Chinese revolutionary leader. She has a passion for Chinese history, and she hoped the class would shed light on the brutal Continue reading
By Paul Eckert
U.S. non-governmental organization again ranked China as the “worst abuser of internet freedom” in an annual survey that found 32 of 65 countries assessed moving on a “negative trajectory” in the year since June 2014.
The Washington-based said global internet freedom has declined for the fifth consecutive year, “with more governments censoring information of public interest and placing greater demands on the private sector to take down offending content.”
China, which scored 88 on a scale on which 100 was the worst, Continue reading