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: Beijing’s top censorship priorities in 2016, incarceration rates for activist minorities and journalists, and China’s tightening grip on WeChat.

這期報告的內容有:中共言論審查的全球影響力、網民對美國總統辯論會的反應,以及封鎖鎮壓烏崁村的新聞。

这期报告的内容有:中共言论审查的全球影响力、网民对美国总统辩论会的反应,以及封锁镇压乌崁村的新闻。

In this issue: The global reach of China’s censors, netizen reactions to U.S. presidential debates, and stifled news of Wukan crackdown.

這期報告的內容有:中國對異見人士的打壓、自由派雜誌被迫停刊,以及韓國流行歌手在中韓對峙中受到波及。

这期报告的内容有:中国对异见人士的打压、自由派杂志被迫停刊,以及韩国流行歌手在中韩对峙中受到波及。

China’s assault on dissent, liberal party journal closure, and K-Pop stars caught in missile defense crossfire.

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