Hot Peppers for a New China

Hot Peppers for a New China

Over the past two years, President Xi Jinping has talked a lot about "innovation" in the media, including the innovation of control. But media innovation is as old as the hills.
“We will not give an inch”

“We will not give an inch”

Three articles, angry and resolved, on the South China Sea, make the front page of the Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper today, following yesterdays decision against China at a UN tribunal.
Reading the “Nine-Dash” Line

Reading the “Nine-Dash” Line

The so-called "nine-dash line" is at the centre of a territorial dispute in the South China Sea decided against China at the UN. But how has the "nine-dash line" been defended in the CCP's official newspaper?
A Tale of Two Writers

A Tale of Two Writers

The death of Zhu Tiezhi, a senior editor at the CCP's official Seeking Truth journal, has prompted a wave of speculation among overseas media. What were the reasons for his death?
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.
Super Swimmer Mao Zedong

Super Swimmer Mao Zedong

Among the many stories from the period of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in China that illustrate the absurdity of the time, is the tale of how Chairman Mao was the world's fastest swimmer.
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.

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.