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.

What the Chinese people are thinking (3)

What the Chinese people are thinking (3)

In part three of his 2012 Louis Green Lecture, Xu Youyu discusses the trend of fanatic nationalism, the idea that Western civilization is in crisis and the twenty-first century will belong to Chinese culture.

What the Chinese people are thinking (2)

What the Chinese people are thinking (2)

In part two of his 2012 Louis Green Lecture, Xu Youyu discusses the “liberal” and “New Left” trends of thought in China, and what they mean for China’s relations with the world.

What the Chinese people are thinking (1)

What the Chinese people are thinking (1)

As the 25th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown approaches, CMP publishes the 2012 Louis Green Lecture by Xu Youyu, a leading reform intellectual arrested earlier this month. In this series, Xu explores the roots of Chinese thought in the post-Mao period.

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

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

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.

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?