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: Xinhua reporter’s exposé, the potential impact of a new ‘antipornography’ campaign, and news on Sina Weibo’s IPO.

In this issue:  New guidelines on freedom of information appeals, Jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti wins U.S. rights award, and search engine censorship on Baidu gets a green light from U.S. judge.

In this issue: Censors bar news of activist Cao Shunli's death, WeChat news accounts shuttered, and Alibaba and Weibo tackle problems ahead of U.S. IPO.

In this issue:  State media works to improve image of National People’s Congress, Xi Jinping to lead new security committee, public reaction to Kunming knife rampage, and more.

In this issue: Party criminal investigations hailed by official outlets, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese bloggers, and Microsoft’s Bing accused of internationalizing Chinese censorship.

In this issue:  Liberal media group sells Beijing paper, censors suppress information on Xu Zhiyong trial, Ilham Tohti held incommunicado, and more news.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the editors of the China Media Bulletin have compiled a few of our favorite CMB “Photos of the Week” from the Year of the Snake.

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