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.
Each month, the newsletter features cutting edge analysis of censorship, surveillance and tech issues in China, highlighting the following topics:
- Featured analysis of a major development or trend
- Short news updates on the media, netizen activism, and legal changes
- Spotlight on popular censored images
- Tracking the Chinese government’s growing media influence around the world
- Ways to take action
Gutting Hong Kong Broadcaster, Apple Concessions, Propaganda Setbacks in Europe (May 2021)
In this issue: How the Hong Kong government is moving to take over the public broadcaster, while mainland censors erase Chloe Zhao’s Oscars win and embark on internet “clean up.” Updates on data protection laws, Apple’s surveillance compromises, Chinese propaganda’s impact, and more.
Retooling censorship, Xinjiang cotton, Hong Kong press freedom (April 2021)
In this issue: How Chinese regulators retool censorship amid propaganda campaigns, Chinese users raising privacy concerns. More news about cases of imprisonment and death for Chinese activists, Uyghurs, and Tibetans, and more.
Disinformation Matures, Signal Blocked, Global Anti-Poverty Propaganda Push (March 2021)
In this issue: Disinformation tactics mature; Signal and two other apps blocked; citizens detained for online speech “insulting martyrs” or on COVID-19; censorship intensifies in Hong Kong, and more.
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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].