People’s Daily: speech is free, rumors are not

People’s Daily: speech is free, rumors are not

One week after China announced tougher controls for mobile instant messaging services in the country, an article in the CCP’s flagship newspaper yesterday made the case for stricter control of internet and social media by once again attacking the specter of the “rumor.”

Corruption rumors axed from Weibo

Corruption rumors axed from Weibo

As rumors suggest former vice-premier Hui Liangyu may be facing a corruption investigation stemming from his time as the top leader of Anhui province, all mentions of the Party leader are removed from Weibo.

Happy birthday post for Bo Xilai deleted

Happy birthday post for Bo Xilai deleted

This post made today to Sina Weibo wishes a happy birthday to jailed “princeling” Bo Xilai and announces heartfelt support for the ousted leader. It was deleted from Sina Weibo soon after it was posted.

Don’t miss Zuo Fang at Cosmos Books

Don’t miss Zuo Fang at Cosmos Books

Meet Zuo Fang, the venerable founder of Southern Weekly, one of modern China’s most historic newspapers.

Why Pu Zhiqiang remains free

Why Pu Zhiqiang remains free

In this January 2013 blog post, former CMP fellow Yan Lieshan asks the question: how does lawyer Pu Zhiqiang manage to remain free even though he takes on sensitive cases? The piece is particularly poignant now, following Pu’s formal arrest.

Reading the June 18 media circular

Reading the June 18 media circular

China’s press and broadcast authority issued a “circular” calling on news media to reign in the behavior of their reporters and bureaus. Were these restrictions new?

CMP launches memoir of Southern Weekly founder

CMP launches memoir of Southern Weekly founder

CMP is proud to announce the launch with Cosmos Books of an exclusive memoir by Southern Weekly founder Zuo Fang. Join us!

Why Pu Zhiqiang is not guilty

Why Pu Zhiqiang is not guilty

Zhang Xuezhong, the lawyer defending jailed human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, argues the reasons for his client’s innocence.

An Early End to the Masquerade

An Early End to the Masquerade

As China releases a “White Paper” on Hong Kong’s status, Chang Ping writes that the masquerade of “one country, two systems” is over.

A lawyer who can’t see his lawyer

A lawyer who can’t see his lawyer

Human rights lawyer and CMP fellow Pu Zhiqiang was arrested last month for taking part in a June 4th seminar in Beijing. His lawyer is still unable to visit him.

CMP Editorial

Why Southern Weekly?

Posted on 2013-02-18

CMP director Qian Gang explains why protests last month calling for freedom of speech in China began at the Southern Weekly newspaper. Why was the paper’s New Year’s edition so important, and such a point of contention?

Quotes in the media

Any tool and any method is a double-edged sword — and new media are no different. In the new media age, understanding the dual aspects of new media is extremely crucial.

Media buzzword

红二代
hóng èrdài
Second-Generation Reds

The term “second-generation reds,” or hong er’dai… Read (红二代), refers to Chinese who born in the 1960s and early 1970s (before the end of the Cultural

Comic China

How much would you pay for a grave plot? A cemetery in Hebei is selling them for more than 60,000 yuan per square meter, according to recent news reports.

The Anti-Social List

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “public figure” profile on Facebook has more than 170,000 followers — but don’t try talking about it on Chinese social media.

CMP Fellows column

Chang Ping 长平

What is the Price of Press Censorship?

Posted on 2014-05-02

Looking at the recent trial of an internet cop who allegedly accepted bribes to delete unwanted content, journalist Chang Ping discusses the way cash greases the wheels in China’s propaganda regime.

Chang Ping 长平

Without freedom there is no security

Posted on 2014-03-03

Xi Jinping was recently appointed head of the new Central Internet Security and Digitalization Group. “Without internet security there can be no national security,” he said. But is there security without free speech?