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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Car Catches Fire Near Tiananmen Gate

Photos circulated on Weibo and Twitter of a car in flames in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Monday. While early reports suggested it might be a self-immolation, few details have been confirmed: Online reports of a fire next to Tiananmen square today, pictures rapidly being deleted, one photo here: — Tom Hancock (@hancocktom) October 28, 2013

October 27, 2013

Badiucao (巴丢草): Red Mark

In a sneak preview of his future collaboration with CDT, cartoonist Badiucao (巴丢草) comments on the case against journalist Chen Yongzhou, who was detained for his reporting on construction machinery manufacturer Zoomlion. Chen later appeared on CCTV “confessing” to spreading misinformation, though several people have raised doubts about the legitimacy of his

October 27, 2013