China Media Bulletin
Everything you need to know about China's changing media freedom landscape
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. The China Media Bulletin is available on the Freedom House website as HTML web pages, PDF downloads, and via email newsletter, which features the following sections:
Featured analysis of a major development or trend
Short news updates on the media, netizen activism, and legal changes
Spotlight on popular censored images
Section tracking the Chinese government’s growing media influence around the world
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- Analysis: Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China
- In the News:
- Surveillance updates: Urban surveillance, campus monitoring, Zoom usage change, European exports
- Censorship updates: “Self-media” crackdown; entertainment, US Embassy posts targeted
- Cracks in the censorship system: Floods, Belarus protests, COVID-19 awards, podcasts
- Hong Kong: National Security Law impact felt across media sector
- Beyond China: Surveillance, hacking revelations, and pushback
- Featured pushback: Increased transparency, accountability for Chinese state-media abroad
- What to Watch For
- Take Action
Special Reports on China
More Freedom House Analysis on China
The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship
How the Communist Party's Media Restrictions Affect News Outlets Around the World
Recommendation's on China's Global Media Influence
The following recommendations for policymakers in democratic nations could help counter the negative impact of Beijing’s foreign media influence campaigns.
Freedom on the Net 2019 — China Country Report
Conditions for internet users in China continued to deteriorate, confirming the country’s status as the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the fourth consecutive year.
About the Editor
The China Media Bulletin is directed by Sarah Cook, Freedom House Senior Research Analyst for East Asia, who authors each issue’s featured article and manages the editorial team producing the bulletin. Cook is also the author of several country reports for Freedom House’s annual publications, as well as several special reports about China, most recently: Beijing's Global Megaphone, The Battle for China’s Spirit, The Politburo’s Predicament. Her comments and writings have appeared on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Follow her on Twitter @Sarah_G_Cook. For interview requests, please email [email protected].