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
COVID-19 Lockdowns Censored, Xi Jinping Propaganda, Netizens IP Locations Revealed (May 2022)
In this issue: China’s censors aim to contain dissent during harsh COVID-19 lockdowns as Xi Jinping propaganda is boosted ahead of party congress. Meanwhile, social media platforms reveal users IP locations, Hong Kong press award was cancelled, and new research released on CCP influence in Global South.
Information Manipulation on Ukraine, Shanghai Outbreak, Transnational Repression in the US (April 2022)
In this issue: How the Party-state’s toolbox artificially amplifies its version of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak marked by propaganda, netizen outcry, censorship, and disinformation, and US indictments expose transnational repression schemes to silence CCP critics.
Jailings Distort China’s Voice, Olympic Information Controls, Cyberattacks on Foreign Media (February 2022)
In this issue: Beijing distorts China’s voice by jailing citizens for their speech; censorship and propaganda showcased during Winter Olympics; Hong Kong’s academic freedom attacked; and cyberattack on US and UK media linked to China.
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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].