Time to “De-deify” the West?

Time to “De-deify” the West?

The populist Global Times newspaper argued in an op-ed yesterday that the presidential election in the United States exposes the lie of Western press neutrality. For the Chinese Communist Party, it’s a story as old as the hills.
Speak Not of Lawyers Speaking Out

Speak Not of Lawyers Speaking Out

The CAC, an agency created in 2014 to consolidate control over the country’s internet, ordered websites not to repost material from Caixin Online.
The End of Consensus

The End of Consensus

The shutdown over the weekend of Consensus, a popular site frequented by experts and intellectuals, spells more trouble for substantive discussion in China following troubles at the journal Yanhuang Chunqiu.
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.
In Wukan, a Clean Sweep

In Wukan, a Clean Sweep

On September 12, the day before conflict broke out between villagers and armed police in the village of Wukan, an idyllic portrait of police-villager relations appeared in China's media.
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.

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.