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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Shi Tao’s Case: Yahoo! Knew More Than They Claimed – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon posts excerpts of a document sent to Yahoo!’s Beijing office from the Beijing State Security Bureau requesting information about Yahoo! user Shi Tao, who is now serving a ten-year sentence for revealing state secrets. As Rebecca points out, the document (originally translated and posted by the Duihua Foundation) specifically says the investigation

July 29, 2007

‘I Was Scared to Death’ – Jimmy Lai interview

Newsweek interviews Jimmy Lai of Hong Kong’s Next Media empire. When asked how things have gone for press freedom in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, Lai responds: Beautifully. The press has been free. But a lot of the media has gone into self-censorship, either because they’re so afraid or purely for economic considerations. They think that if they lean the Chinese

July 29, 2007

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