Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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China’s State TV Expanding, but Fetters Remain

AP reports on CCTV’s aspirations of becoming a global broadcasting giant and looks at why the channel is having a hard time matching the success of Al Jazeera, its model: In charting its growth, CCTV is closely studying other models, especially Al-Jazeera, which rolled out a global English language 24-hour news network five years ago and quickly made a name for itself. Qatar’s

January 31, 2012 4:03 PM

China Dissident Tried over Skype Messages, Poem

Dissident Zhu Yufu was put on trial today but no verdict has yet been announced. From Reuters: Veteran activist Zhu Yufu faced trial in the prosperous eastern city of Hangzhou, where police arrested him in April and charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” his lawyer, Li Dunyong, said. The court did not deliver its verdict straight away. But Zhu, who turns

January 31, 2012 2:35 PM

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