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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: 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.

本期内容:共产党如何通过宣传瞄准年轻中国人,对Twitter用户进行打击升级,对监禁者、街道清洁工和出租房屋进行高科技监控,并在香港、澳大利亚、台湾和赞比亚出现对言论自由新的威胁。

本期看點:共產黨如何將宣傳瞄準中國的年輕人、對Twitter用戶的打擊升級,對監獄、街道清潔工和出租房屋進行高科技監控,並在香港、澳洲、台灣和尚比亞出現新的言論自由威脅。

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.

本期簡介: 當社交媒體巨頭騰訊在中國和海外替中共競標,如何應對?在兩會期間的資訊控制和技術政策,中國政府如何在瑞典、俄羅斯、澳洲、台灣和Reddit上推進其想說的話。

本期简介: 当社交媒体巨头腾讯在中国和海外替中共竞标,如何应对?在两会期间的信息控制和技术政策,中国政府如何在瑞典、俄罗斯、澳大利亚、台湾和Reddit上推进其想说的话。

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

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