Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China

A Freedom House-PEN America event

Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China

Date: Mon, March 19, 2018 Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

Registration and a light lunch at noon

Freedom House and PEN America invite you to an exploration of social media censorship in China, based on PEN America’s new report Forbidden Feeds. The report details how the Chinese government’s control over social media has both tightened and expanded during the era of President Xi Jinping. Authorities wield their ability to surveil and censor to control civic discussion online, to prevent dissatisfaction and dissent, and to protect the reputations of Party leaders. PEN America’s report includes an examination of how such censorship impacts the lives of Chinese writers and artists for whom social media is often a creative and financial lifeline.

Panelists
Yaxue Cao-Ritter
Director
ChinaChange.org
Sarah Cook
Senior research analyst for East Asia
Freedom House
Shanthi Kalathil
Director
International Forum for Democracy Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
Moderator
James Tager
Senior manager
Free Expression Programs, PEN America
Introduction
Michael J. Abramowitz
President
Freedom House

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