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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Top State Security Official Under Investigation

The South China Morning Post is reporting that Ma Jian, a former top official in the Ministry of State Security, has been detained on suspicion of corruption. If he is charged, he would be the second highest security official after Zhou Yongkang to face criminal prosecution. Ma is reportedly linked to Ling Jihua, who has been arrested, but few other details about the investigation

January 12, 2015 11:01 PM

Jimmy Lai’s Home Targeted as Arrest Date Nears

A staunch advocate for democracy in Hong Kong, Next Media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been targeted in recent months—both with a graft probe and with detention following his participation in the two-month protest movement in Hong Kong. On Monday, assailants threw gas bombs at both the Next Media offices and Jimmy Lai’s home. No injuries were reported. From Isabella Steger and Fiona

January 11, 2015 11:47 PM

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