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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  • 習近平弱點顯現,外界呼籲釋放活躍人士有成效
  • 習近平的媒體管控政策遭到記者以及體制內的抵觸
  • 敦促習近平辭職的網上公開信引發逮捕以及黨內鬥爭的猜測
  • 審查事件聚焦:‘兩會’,末世香港電影,巴拿馬文件
  • 香港:失蹤書商露面,但問題仍然不明
  • 中國之外:變成‘局域網’的擔心,川普論1989年天安門屠殺,聯合國批評,中興換人
  • 未來看點
  • 特写:习近平弱点显现,外界呼吁释放活跃人士有成效
  • 习近平的媒体管控政策遭到记者以及体制内的抵触
  • 敦促习近平辞职的网上公开信引发逮捕以及党内斗争的猜测
  • 审查事件聚焦:‘两会’,末世香港电影,巴拿马文件
  • 香港:失踪书商露面,但问题仍然不明
  • 中国之外:变成‘局域网’的担心,川普论1989年天安门屠杀,联合国批评,中兴换人
  • 未来看点
  •  Feature: Amid Signs of Xi’s Weakness, Appeals for Detained Activists Get Results
  •  Xi’s restrictive media policy faces resistance from journalists and regime insiders
  •  Online letter urging Xi’s resignation prompts arrests, speculation on party infighting
  • 特寫:習近平進一步鉗緊媒體是一場賭博
  • 廣播 /紙媒:習近平視察旗艦國家媒體,闡述党管媒體的願景
  • 新媒體:習近平講話後,社交媒體敢言的評論者遭到集體清洗
  • 廣播 / 新媒體:又一個人‘電視認罪’, 對網路活動人士的懲罰
  • 廣播 / 新媒體: 對電視節目、網路劇進行沒有先例的限制
  • 中國之外:泰國難民,孟加拉展覽,美國制裁
  • 未來看點
  • 特写:习近平进一步钳紧媒体是一场赌博
  • 广播 /纸媒:习近平视察旗舰国家媒体,阐述党管媒体的愿景
  • 新媒体:习近平讲话后,社交媒体敢言的评论者遭到集体清洗
  • 广播 / 新媒体:又一个人‘电视认罪’, 对网络活动人士的惩罚
  • 广播 / 新媒体:对电视节目、网络剧进行没有先例的限制
  • 中国之外:泰国难民,孟加拉展览,美国制裁
  • 未来看点
  • Another televised ‘confession,’ penalties for online activists
  • Xi Jinping visits flagship state media, lays out vision for party control
  • Outspoken social-media commentators purged after Xi speech
  • Another televised ‘confession,’ penalties for online activists
  • Unprecedented restrictions imposed on TV programs, online streaming
  • Beyond China: Thailand refugees, Bangladesh exhibit, U.S. sanctions
  • What to Watch For
  • 對中國政治犯的家人來說,這是一個陰影籠罩下的春節
  • 中文媒體不知如何報導臺灣歷史性選舉
  • 瑞典NGO工作者和台湾歌星录像“道歉”
  • 流行網路電視系列被下線,互聯網錄影受到新一輪打壓
  • 跨境綁架書商引發抗議和自我審查
  • 好萊塢收購,天安門圖片出售,駭客攻擊少數民族
  • 未來看點


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