May 2015

CMP's "news and analysis" section covers breaking news and emerging trends in the Chinese media and places these within a larger social and political context.

What’s up with the PLA?

What’s up with the PLA? A hardline piece yesterday in the official mouthpiece of the China's People's Liberation Army had some observers nervously scratching their heads over its aggressive tone on internet policy. Here's a bit of context to help everyone calm down.

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Control and innovate

Control and innovate China's leaders hope to reinvigorate the country's economy by unleashing a wave of internet-empowered innovation. But Party controls remain an uncompromising restraint on media and information. Cyber czar Lu Wei (second from left) reiterated this point on a recent trip to Shenzhen.

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China’s media under Mr. Positive

China’s media under Mr. Positive The term "positive energy" eased into official Party media as Xi Jinping came to power. "Transmitting positive energy" now seems to be a centrepiece of the president's policy toward media and culture.

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Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years in jail

Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years in jail Almost a year ago, veteran journalist Gao Yu appeared on the state-run China Central Television and confessed to leaking state secrets. Gao, who has since said that confession was made under duress, was sentenced today.

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Breeding tigers, and China’s caged press

Breeding tigers, and China’s caged press After attacks from a prominent businessman, Caixin Media cited threats against "the fundamental principles of press freedom." Our thoughts.

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