China Media Bulletin

A monthly update of press freedom news and analysis related to China

Freedom House’s 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, each issue includes:

  • A feature article offering analysis on a major development or emerging trend
  • A photo that was circulated widely in China—but then censored
  • Succinct summaries of important news related to print journalism, broadcast media, internet censorship, netizen activism, and upcoming legislation
  • A “Beyond China” section tracking the Chinese government’s growing engagement in censorship, propaganda, and media investments around the world
  • A “What to Watch For” section flagging upcoming events and potential trends

Since its inception in 2010, the China Media Bulletin has informed tens of thousands of readers in over 40 countries—including journalists, policymakers, scholars, business executives, and interested citizens.

The Most Censored Meme of 2015
This image of Winnie the Pooh in a toy car—a spoof on photos of President Xi Jinping inspecting troops during a military parade—emerged as the most censored post of 2015 on the Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo. It was shared over 65,000 times within just 70 minutes before being deleted by censors. Credit: Weiboscope /The Nanfang.

 

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In this issue: Top 2018 trends in censorship, surveillance, and propaganda within China and in the Communist Party’s campaign to increase its media influence abroad, how circumvention tools are faring in the wake of a VPN crackdown and what to watch for in 2019.

本期看点:美中摩擦中的对外宣传和经济话题审查、新疆的镇压引发对外商投资的质疑、香港驱逐外国编辑、北京在非洲“撒币”限制言论自由

本期看點:美中摩擦中的對外宣傳和經濟話題審查、新疆的鎮壓引發對外商投資的質疑、香港驅逐外國編輯、北京在非洲「撒幣」限制言論自由

In this issue: Foreign propaganda and economic censorship increase amid U.S.-China friction, Xinjiang crackdown fuels investment questions, Hong Kong expels foreign editor, and Beijing cashes in on Africa influence to restrict speech.

本期看点:科技公司如何助长中国的网络强权、最新因言论自由而被关押及拘留案件,以及美国是如何回应共产党越来越全球化的言论审查和宣传(触手已达南非和墨西哥)。
本期看點:科技公司如何助長中國的網路強權、最新因言論自由而被關押及拘留案件,以及美國是如何回應共產黨越來越全球化的言論審查和宣傳(觸手已達南非和墨西哥)。

In this issue: How tech firms are boosting China's cyberpower, latest long prison sentences and detentions meted out for free speech, and how the United States is responding to globalizing Communist Party censorship and propaganda as it also reaches South Africa and Mexico.

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