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China Media Bulletin

Everything you need to know about China’s changing media landscape

The monthly China Media Bulletin provides unique insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People’s Republic of China, drawing on both English and Chinese-language sources.

Past Issues:

In this issue: Key trends and highlights from 2019 related to China’s global media influence, the CCP’s ideological push, investigative journalism, restrictions on artistic creativity, and surveillance in China and Hong Kong, as well as what to watch for in 2020.

In this issue: How internet freedom in China hit a new low in 2019 and why other countries could follow, highlights from the Communist Party Fourth Plenum, facial recognition upgrades, censorship by Shutterstock and iPhone browsers in China, and Huawei “safe cities” reaching over 50 countries worldwide.

In this issue: Police databases, censorship pressures on companies like Apple and the NBA, press freedom in Hong Kong, and the role of mobile apps in government surveillance.

In this issue: A look at how China Central Television aids Communist Party repression, liberal economists and filmmakers are censored, activists and journalists face harsh reprisals, and major social media firms are taking down anti-Hong Kong protest disinformation.

In this issue: How June’s censorship spike could expand in July, detailed coverage of the media dimensions of protests in Hong Kong and the Tiananmen Massacre anniversary, and reports of Chinese facial-recognition technology being used in Serbia, Tajikistan, and beyond.

In this issue: How free thought and activism survive in China despite growing repression along with updates on the U.S.-China trade war, state surveillance, online censorship and examples of Chinese influence threatening free speech in the United States, Taiwan, Ecuador, and Nepal.

In this issue: How the Communist Party is targeting young Chinese with propaganda, a crackdown on Twitter users escalates, high-tech surveillance reaches prisons, street cleaners, and rental homes, and new threats to free speech emerge in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, and Zambia.

In this issue: How to respond when social media giant Tencent does the Communist Party’s bidding in China and abroad, information controls and tech policy at the two sessions, and how the Chinese government is pushing its narrative in Sweden, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, and on Reddit

In this issue: How Communist Party scoring schemes incentivize repression, propaganda is going digital, and suppression of Uighurs and cultural censorship extend far beyond China’s borders.

In this issue: Censorship and surveillance in the Year of the Pig, China’s defense of Huawei, Twitter crackdown, and Beijing influence in New Zealand, Thailand, and Zambia