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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State Security Officials Targeted in Zhou Probe

The investigation into allies and associates of Zhou Yongkang has expanded into the previously untouchable Ministry of State Security and its local bureaus. Liang Ke, the director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of State Security, has reportedly been detained, the New York Times reports: [..A] former security official and a policy adviser to party leaders, both speaking on the

February 21, 2014

Pushing Back Against Government Surveillance

After the NSA spying scandal broke last year, a Beijing lawyer named Xie Yanyi filed a request with the Ministry of Public Security for information on government spying on Chinese citizens. His request was denied. For the New York Times’ Sinosphere blog, Did Kirsten Tatlow interviews Xie: Mr. Xie, 38, who has defended political dissidents, journalists and Falungong adherents,

February 20, 2014

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