Human rights lawyers are a cornerstone of China’s human rights movement. From Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kongers, to religious minorities, LGBTQI and feminist advocates, journalists, and political dissidents: human rights lawyers defend the full spectrum of civil society. [...] They ensure that no one is left behind."

— Raphaël Viana David at the International Service for Human Rights, in response to a letter from a U.N. Special Rapporteur documenting the Chinese government's continuing repression of human rights lawyers. July 9 was the ninth anniversary of the "709" or "Black Friday" crackdown on human rights lawyers in China, in which hundreds of lawyers were rounded up and arrested

 

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Chinese Authorities, Social Media, and Commentators React to Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has dominated Chinese headlines and social media through the weekend. While speaking at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this Saturday, former President Trump was grazed on the ear by a would-be-assassin’s bullet. One spectator was killed, and two others critically wounded. The shooter was fatally shot by the Secret Service.  The official Chinese response has been cautiously muted. State-media news agency Xinhua was the first Chinese outlet to report the attack. At 6:38, 27 minutes after the shots were fired in Pennsylvania, a Xinhua account...

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Chinese Social Media Platforms Launch Crackdown on Extreme Nationalism and Xenophobic Hate-Speech After Fatal Suzhou Stabbing

Chinese social media platforms have announced a belated crackdown on “extreme nationalism” and xenophobic hate-speech online, following last week’s fatal stabbing at a school bus stop in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, in which a Japanese mother and child were injured by a knife-wielding man, and Chinese school bus attendant Hu Youping was killed after trying to intervene. Just two weeks earlier, four visiting American teachers were stabbed and injured by another man at a public park in Jilin, in northeastern China. Both stabbings are believed to have been motivated by xenophobic sentiment, and...

Word of the Week: “709 Case” (709案, 709 àn), or the “Black Friday Crackdown”

Tuesday is the ninth anniversary of the 2015 “709” or “Black Friday” crackdown on Chinese rights lawyers. The following account of the episode, its legacy, and the censorship that surrounded it is the opening entry from CDT’s recent ebook, “China Digital Times Lexicon: 20th Anniversary Edition.” Although the Lexicon as a whole is more a dictionary than an encyclopedia—explaining key online slang and phrases, rather than cataloguing facts and events—CDT Chinese editors felt strongly that the 709 case is so crucial to understanding China under Xi...

Intense Online Censorship Seeks to Dampen Scandal Over Unwashed Fuel Tankers Transporting Cooking Oil

A bombshell exposé from state-media outlet Beijing News about the use of fuel tanker-trucks to transport cooking oil and other edible products—without the tankers being washed or disinfected between transports—has snowballed into the largest food safety controversy in China since the 2008 melamine-tainted milk and baby formula scandal. Multiple investigations are now underway, including one by the State Council, and a number of others by local supervisory bodies and companies implicated in the scandal, such as SinoGrain and Hopefull Grain and Oil Group. The cooking oil transport scandal...

Chinese Authorities, Social Media, and Commentators React to Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has dominated Chinese headlines and social media through the weekend. While speaking at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this Saturday, former President Trump was grazed on the ear by a would-be-assassin’s bullet. One spectator was killed, and two others critically wounded. The shooter was fatally shot by the Secret Service.  The official Chinese response has been cautiously muted. State-media news agency Xinhua was the first Chinese outlet to report the attack. At 6:38, 27 minutes after the shots were fired in Pennsylvania, a Xinhua account...

New “June Fourth” Sensitive Words Reference PLA Medals and Hong Kong Musicians

In China, the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre was met with all-out digital censorship that quashed overt online mourning. In Hong Kong, efforts to publicly commemorate “June Fourth” were ruthlessly suppressed by police. Globally, across 18 cities spanning four continents, thousands gathered in remembrance. Those within China seeking to share their memories of the spring and summer of 1989 were forced to publish their recollections in foreign outlets, a selection of which CDT archived and translated. The dominant theme on the mainland, however, was censorship. CDT Chinese has...

Translation: Special One-Month Reconnaissance Operation Against “Overseas Cyber Forces”

A pair of recently surfaced screenshots appear to offer unusual detail about a special month-long operation, held in Beijing and involving over 40 Ministry of Public Security computer specialists from around the country, to combat “overseas cyber forces” in the battle for public opinion. The apparently leaked internal instructions from the Ministry of Public Security are likely to be the result of an email breach. They include the names and locations of many of the computer-specialist officers, as well as the name and contact information of the individual in charge of the operation. At some...

New eBook: China Digital Times Lexicon, 20th Anniversary Edition

On September 12, 2003, John Battelle published the first post on chinadigitaltimes.net: Here’s what a Google Search on “china weblog” yields, I’m looking forward to seeing ours at the top soon! China’s online population at the start of that year was nearly 60 million. Ten years later, it was fast approaching 600 million, and now, after 20, it is well over a billion. This new completely revised and hugely expanded update to our ebook series, formerly known as “the Grass Mud Horse Lexicon,” aims to capture something of the enormous explosion of online speech that accompanied this growth, with...

Chinese Authorities, Social Media, and Commentators React to Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has dominated Chinese headlines and social media through the weekend. While speaking at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this Saturday, former President Trump was grazed on the ear by a would-be-assassin’s bullet. One spectator was killed, and two others critically wounded. The shooter was fatally shot by the Secret Service.  The official Chinese response has been cautiously muted. State-media news agency Xinhua was the first Chinese outlet to report the attack. At 6:38, 27 minutes after the shots were fired in Pennsylvania, a Xinhua account...

Chinese Authorities, Social Media, and Commentators React to Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has dominated Chinese headlines and social media through the weekend. While speaking at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this Saturday, former President Trump was grazed on the ear by a would-be-assassin’s bullet. One spectator was killed, and two others critically wounded. The shooter was fatally shot by the Secret Service.  The official Chinese response has been cautiously muted. State-media news agency Xinhua was the first Chinese outlet to report the attack. At 6:38, 27 minutes after the shots were fired in Pennsylvania, a Xinhua account...

Chinese Social Media Platforms Launch Crackdown on Extreme Nationalism and Xenophobic Hate-Speech After Fatal Suzhou Stabbing

Chinese social media platforms have announced a belated crackdown on “extreme nationalism” and xenophobic hate-speech online, following last week’s fatal stabbing at a school bus stop in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, in which a Japanese mother and child were injured by a knife-wielding man, and Chinese school bus attendant Hu Youping was killed after trying to intervene. Just two weeks earlier, four visiting American teachers were stabbed and injured by another man at a public park in Jilin, in northeastern China. Both stabbings are believed to have been motivated by xenophobic sentiment, and...

Intense Online Censorship Seeks to Dampen Scandal Over Unwashed Fuel Tankers Transporting Cooking Oil

A bombshell exposé from state-media outlet Beijing News about the use of fuel tanker-trucks to transport cooking oil and other edible products—without the tankers being washed or disinfected between transports—has snowballed into the largest food safety controversy in China since the 2008 melamine-tainted milk and baby formula scandal. Multiple investigations are now underway, including one by the State Council, and a number of others by local supervisory bodies and companies implicated in the scandal, such as SinoGrain and Hopefull Grain and Oil Group. The cooking oil transport scandal...