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: Xi Jinping’s vision for party media control, the CCP purges outspoken social-media commentators, and further penalties for online activists.

這期報告的內容有:陰影籠罩下的春節、台灣歷史性的選舉以及跨境綁架書商引發的抗議。

这期报告的内容有:阴影笼罩下的春节、台湾历史性的选举以及跨境绑架书商引发的抗议。

In this issue: Families of political prisoners commemorate Chinese New Year, historic Taiwan elections, and news on cross-border abductions of Chinese booksellers prompt protests.

這期報告的內容有:2015年中國受審查最嚴重的新聞話題、對異見人士加重懲罰的相關新聞,以及對官媒成長對中國新聞工作之影響的分析。

这期报告的内容有:2015年中国受审查最严重的新闻话题、对异见人士加重惩罚的相关新闻,以及对官媒成长对中国新闻工作之影响的分析。

In this issue: China’s most censored news topics of 2015, news on increasing penalties for dissent, and analysis of impact of growth of state-funded media on Chinese journalism.

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