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: Censorship’s economic impact, WeChat posts leading coverage of Tianjin disaster, and prosecution of Umbrella Movement leaders sparks concern.

這期報告的內容有:網路審查對經濟的影響、微信貼文主導天津大爆炸的報導,以及雨傘運動領袖被起訴引發質疑聲浪。

这期报告的内容有:网路审查对经济的影响、微信贴文主导天津大爆炸的报导,以及雨伞运动领袖被起诉引发质疑声浪。

这期报告的内容有:北京对维权律师的打压、对研拟中的网络安全法的分析,以及官媒造成股市泡沫化的相关新闻。

這期報告的內容有:北京對维權律師的打壓、對研擬中的網絡安全法的分析,以及官媒造成股市泡沫化的相關新聞。

In this issue:  Beijing’s lawyers crackdown, analysis of draft cybersecurity law, and news updates on the state media-driven market bubble crash.

In this issue:  Security clampdown in Beijing, detentions expand ahead of June 4, and foreign web services face more intense blocking.

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