“The darkest day” for indie film in China

“The darkest day” for indie film in China

The shuttering of the 11th Beijing Indie Film Festival could signal a more aggressive stance against social movements of alternative voices.

Deleted Post: Bo Xilai, a year ago today

Deleted Post: Bo Xilai, a year ago today

This post to Sina Weibo showing ousted princeling Bo Xilai entering the courtroom one year ago was deleted shortly after it was posted.

What does Xi mean?

What does Xi mean?

The utterances of CCP leaders can seem impossible. But understanding is worth a try. So here’s a translation of an explication of President Xi’s language on press and ideology.

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

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

An article in the People’s Daily makes the case for stricter control of 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!

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

This post to Sina Weibo showing ousted princeling Bo Xilai entering the courtroom one year ago was deleted shortly 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?