Supervising Supervision

Supervising Supervision

Media controls have long been tightening in China. But President Xi may want much more -- a radical restructuring of the entire information control system to put a stop to unwanted public opinion.
A Brief History of Singing Red

A Brief History of Singing Red

A concert of Maoist songs in Beijing recently sparked online controversy. But what exactly is a "red song"?
The Maoist Revival That Unraveled

The Maoist Revival That Unraveled

A Maoist "red song" event in Beijing sparked fears over the rise of leftist ideas. But things took an unexpected turn.
Three Cheers for China’s Cyber-Volunteers

Three Cheers for China’s Cyber-Volunteers

A new video produced by the Chinese Communist Youth League says online propagandists should be proud.
How Xi Jinping Views the News

How Xi Jinping Views the News

It will take months to unpack the implications of Xi Jinping's new comprehensive media policy, but here's a quick rundown.
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Visiting the official People's Daily, Xi Jinping outlined a new media control policy emphasising CCP control over all aspects of media.
Hurting the feelings of the “Zhao family”

Hurting the feelings of the “Zhao family”

Swedish national Peter Dahlin said on Chinese state TV that he had "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.” What does this phrase really signify?
The roots of media corruption

The roots of media corruption

Earlier this month, three journalists in Gansu province were arrested by city police in Wuwei for "extortion and blackmail." Is this a case of bad media ethics, or corrupted power?
Who Sold Out China’s Health Forums?

Who Sold Out China’s Health Forums?

Baidu is at the centre of a controversy over the sale of control over health forums.
A “Year of Innovation” for Internet Controls

A “Year of Innovation” for Internet Controls

China says it will "innovate" controls on the "online space" in 2016 -- and to drive global changes to internet governance.

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?

Media buzzword

网络主权
Wǎngluò zhǔquán
Internet Sovereignty
Formally introduced into the Chinese political lexicon in a June 2010 State Council Information Office white paper called “The Internet in China,” the term "Internet sovereignty" encapsulates the Chinese Communist Party's assertion that the traditional notion of national sovereignty is applicable to cyberspace.

Comic China

In what he says will be his "last satirical cartoon" before he switches entirely to puff commercial work, artist Cheng Tao depicts China's internet as a virtual prison.

The Anti-Social List

This post about Zhao Wei, a young legal assistant swept up in the crackdown on civil rights lawyers in China, was deleted from Sina Weibo.

CMP Fellows column

Zhang Ming 张鸣

What is This “Positive Energy”?

Posted on 2015-12-15
Chinese leaders have spoken a great deal lately about the need to "spread positive energy to society."

China’s unspeakable consensus

Posted on 2015-07-29
A Chinese online publication published an investigative series on the ills caused by China's controversial Three Gorges Dam. The series was killed in under 7 hours.