Who Will Cry Injustice?

Who Will Cry Injustice?

On September 22, human rights lawyer Xia Lin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Many social media posts about the case have been removed.
Firm Opposition, Nothing Else

Firm Opposition, Nothing Else

This post made to social media in China by Renmin University professor Zhang Ming was deleted within several hours. It is obliquely critical of China's official policy toward North Korea.
The Civilized Village

The Civilized Village

The Chinese Communist Party's vision of the small fishing village of Wukan has changed dramatically over the years. With the recent crackdown on protests there, we are witnessing the latest shift.
NO to election coverage on Weibo

NO to election coverage on Weibo

A record 1.9 million people turned out to vote in last night's Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, censors in China scrambled to remove all trace of the news.
Innovation, so the Party can shine

Innovation, so the Party can shine

As the global media ecosystem undergoes rapid and fundamental change, China’s leaders glimpse a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put the Communist Party back in control of public opinion.
Constitutional Hostility

Constitutional Hostility

China's constitution guarantees in principle core human rights like freedom of expression. But more extreme language of the state’s “fundamental law” is now coming back to haunt activists and lawyers.
Convergent Control

Convergent Control

Xi Jinping's idea of cyberspace innovation means just enough oxygen to sustain what the leadership regards as a healthy mobile internet, while maintaining tight control.
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?

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

Culture is the foundation of a people’s existence and development. Even if the land of a people is occupied by enemies, if its culture can survive then it can cohere hearts again and there is hope for revival . . . One important contribution of [Chinese] culture is that it provides humanity with a cultural development mode and civilisational pattern that differs from that of the West.

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

On September 22, human rights lawyer Xia Lin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Many social media posts about the case have been removed.

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.