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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Proposed Internet Security Law Raises Concerns

As part of a wave of legislation aimed at further regulating civil society, speech, and assembly, the Chinese government has issued a draft law on Internet security, which is open for public review until August. Like the draft Foreign NGO Management Law and the recently passed National Security Law, this proposal has been criticized for being excessively vague and for its potential

July 8, 2015 8:22 PM

How China Stopped Its Bloggers

For the Australian Financial Review, Angus Grigg examines the two-year campaign against social media and online expression launched by Xi Jinping soon after he became president. Grigg looks at the impetus for the crackdown and its success in silencing some of China’s most outspoken online writers and commentators, including Han Han, Charles Xue, and other lesser-known

July 6, 2015 8:16 PM

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