“Your post is inappropriate”

“Your post is inappropriate”

This post by CMP’s David Bandurski was deleted from Sina Weibo. The service claimed a user had “informed” about the content.

I am a citizen

I am a citizen

As lawyer Xu Zhiyong faces trail today for his advocacy of civil rights, members of the New Citizens Movement he initiated share his words of hope.

Another anti-corruption post gets the axe

Another anti-corruption post gets the axe

This Weibo post making snide comments about the corruption, greed and ineptitude of the government was deleted from Weibo today.

Behind China’s media cleanup drive

Behind China’s media cleanup drive

Fan Changjiang, a “forefather” of Chinese journalism, is cited as an exemplar in a state media editorial on professionalism.

Lawyer wins open information case in Guangzhou

Lawyer wins open information case in Guangzhou

Zhejiang lawyer Wu Youshui has won a case demanding Guangdong’s government makes records available.

The press in China since June 4th

The press in China since June 4th

As the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown approaches, Qian Gang reflects on changes in China’s media since that time.

In China, an odd mix of bawdy and serious

In China, an odd mix of bawdy and serious

An official government website fills the margins with racy content as it reports a new crackdown on unethical media conduct.

Shanghai paper reports on land disputes

Shanghai paper reports on land disputes

Reporting of harder-hitting stories has suffered in recent years as controls have tightened. But journalists are still finding ways to dig deeper.

The way Xi moves: speech under assault

The way Xi moves: speech under assault

Contributor Shi Yige, a prominent veteran journalist writing under an assumed name for CMP, says print media and schools in China have been effectively silenced.

From Myanmar, on duty and freedom

From Myanmar, on duty and freedom

CMP director Qian Gang uses the words of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to reflect on a debate about responsibility and freedom in China’s media.

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

Right now our society is already one with a high level of transparency. There are already hundreds of millions of Weibo users. If government information is not released in a timely manner this generates animated discussion and speculation, and this can easily cause resentment among the people and give rise to negative influences, ultimately putting the government on its back foot in doing its work.

Media buzzword

舆论导向
yúlùn dǎoxiàng
Guidance of Public Opinion

This term first appeared in official Party criticisms of former Party secretary Zhao Ziyang following the crackdown on demonstrators in Beijing on June 4, 1989.… Read

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

This post by CMP’s David Bandurski was deleted from Sina Weibo. The service claimed a user had “informed” about the content.

CMP Fellows column

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?

Xiao Shu 笑蜀

Thoughts on my online annihilation

Posted on 2013-12-17

As his writings, blocked in China for more than a year, begin to slowly reappear, veteran journalist Xiao Shu reflects on the limitations of censorship.