China’s authoritarian regime has become increasingly repressive in recent years. The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is tightening its control over the state bureaucracy, the media, online speech, religious groups, universities, businesses, and civil society associations, and it has undermined its own already modest rule-of-law reforms. The CCP leader and state president, Xi Jinping, has consolidated personal power to a degree not seen in China for decades, but his actions have also triggered rising discontent among elites within and outside the party. The country’s budding human rights movements continue to seek avenues for protecting basic rights despite a multiyear crackdown.
Freedom in the World — China Country Report
China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net — China Country Report
China is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
China Special Reports
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.
Joint statement on the decline of press freedom in Hong Kong
August 19, 2020
Freedom House Urges Canada, U.K., to Join Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Violating the Rights of Uyghurs
August 18, 2020
Democracy and Human Rights Organizations Respond to Threat of Chinese Government Sanctions
August 12, 2020
Hong Kong: Journalists Arrested, CCP Imposes Sanctions on Freedom House
August 10, 2020
Coronavirus shows the need for a human rights–based approach to public health crises
August 3, 2020
Hong Kong: Freedom House Condemns Dramatic Attacks on Political Rights
July 31, 2020
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The 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.