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
China’s Protesters Need the Global Internet, Pandemic Censorship (January 2023)
In this issue: China’s zero-COVID protests show how safeguarding a free and open internet will help support dissent in the country. Meanwhile, China’s censors target deadly COVID-19 wave. Also a look back at propaganda, overseas influence, and developments in Hong Kong in 2022 year in review.
Grassroots Protests, Xi’s Power Affirmed, US Midterms Disinformation (November 2022)
In this issue: Newly launched China Dissent Monitor finds grassroots protests in Xi Jinping’s China are frequent as Xi’s power was affirmed at the 20th party congress amid censorship. Researchers uncover China-linked disinformation campaigns that targeted US midterm elections.
Global Propaganda on Uyghurs, 20th Congress Censorship, Brazen Transnational Repression (October 2022)
In this issue: Beijing has avoided accountability for its atrocities against Uyghurs so far, but it remains vulnerable to democratic pushback. The historic 20th Party Congress opened in Beijing alongside propaganda, censorship, intimidation, and a public act of dissent. Meanwhile, the CCP’s transnational repression has become more brazen with UK consulate attack on protesters.
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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].