Tag Archives: Internet Freedom

China Seeks to Export Censorship to Overseas-Registered Domain Names: Report


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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

China’s New Crimes Will Stifle Public Expression, Erode Channels of Complaint

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

Great Firewall rising: How China wages its war on the Internet


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

China to ‘Strike Hard’ Against Illegal Overseas TV, Internet Content


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

China Again Rated ‘Worst Abuser’ of Internet Freedom in NGO Survey

By Paul Eckert


201510290026china1 (1)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

Mo Zhixu: Fear of Losing Control: Why China Is Implementing an Internet Security Law

Published: October 4, 2015

“[T]he existence of a relatively free, relaxed, and anonymous Internet for the regime is ‘the root of all evil.’”

August 5 was the last day that opinions were solicited by the government for its new Internet Security Law, meaning that in the near future the legislation will be formally unveiled. In draft form, many of its clauses have already attracted scrutiny: for example, Continue reading

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power:Remarks at the Internet Freedom Technology Showcase

Remarks at the Internet Freedom Technology Showcase: The Future of Human Rights Online, City University of New York Graduate Center

Ambassador Samantha Power

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City
September 26, 2015


Hi everybody. And could we have a better or more determined Assistant Secretary for Human Rights representing the United States of America? His Yankees unfortunately do appear destined for Continue reading

China Tightens Censorship on Guangxi Blasts

ECE639C0-A898-4DCA-ADA5-A85A7D442935_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy10_cw0A damaged room in a residential building is seen after several locations were targeted with parcel bombs in the southwestern city of Liuzhou, Guangxi province, Sept. 30, 2015.

October 02, 2015 5:40 AM

Authorities in China have imposed censorship controls on domestic media reporting on this week’s deadly bomb blasts in Guangxi Province, which claimed seven lives and caused more than Continue reading