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China’s authoritarian regime has become increasingly repressive in recent years. The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to tighten control over all aspects of life and governance, including the state bureaucracy, the media, online speech, religious practice, universities, businesses, and civil society associations.

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China Dissent Monitor

China Dissent Monitor

The China Dissent Monitor was created in response to the information gap resulting from media restrictions in the People’s Republic of China and risks associated with collecting information from within the country about dissent and protest. The project prioritizes capturing offline collective action in public spaces.

China Media Bulletin

China Media Bulletin

The China Media Bulletin is a monthly email newsletter that 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.


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Hong Kong Media Bulletin

The Hong Kong Media Bulletin is a monthly email newsletter that provides unique insight into media freedom and freedom of expression issues in Hong Kong, as well as analysis of the latest trends in the territory as it is vastly transformed by the Beijing-imposed National Security Law. 

Measuring Freedom in China

Freedom on the Net 2023

Freedom on the Net 2023: China Country Report

China is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe. 

Freedom in the World 2023

Freedom in the World 2023: China Country Report

China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World 2022: China Country Report

China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Freedom House's Report on Beijing's Global Media Influence

Our latest report, Beijing’s Global Media InfluenceAuthoritarian Expansion and the Power of Democratic Resilience, offers the most comprehensive assessment to date of Beijing’s global media influence and the ways in which democracies are responding. It draws on media investigations, interviews, scholarly publications, Chinese government sources, and on-the-ground research by local analysts in 30 countries, and includes in-depth case studies for each country, appraising the scale and scope of CCP media influence efforts and the strength of the local response. The report also offers recommendations on how democracies can improve their performance.


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Policy Recommendations: China's Global Media Influence

The Chinese Communist Party has expanded its efforts to shape news content around the world through promoting its own propaganda,, suppressing critical viewpoints, and obtaining control over key content-delivery systems. The following policy recommendations could help counter the negative impact of Beijing’s foreign media influence campaigns. 

Special Reports

A newspaper consumer reads a copy of the Africa edition of Beijing’s state-run China Daily newspaper in front of a newsstand in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo Credit: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images.

Beijing's Global Megaphone

The Expansion of Chinese Communist Party Media Influence since 2017

Chinese soldiers amass outside of Labrang Monastery in Gansu Province to prevent protests during Losar, the Tibetan lunar New Year festival, in February 2016 (Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images)

The Battle for China's Spirit

Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

Protesters calling for press freedom outside the offices of the Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangdong Province. January 2013 (Photo by Jonah M. Kessel)

The Politburo's Predicament

Confronting the Limitations of Chinese Communist Party Repression