CDT Chinese’s 404 Files: Why Films Get Banned from Douban

In the 404 Files podcast (404档案馆), CDT Chinese tells multimedia stories of censorship and circumvention in China. The following is a translation of the transcript of Episode 36, released on October 27, a deep dive into why films...

China’s Film Critics Pinched Between Censors and Web

While the effects of government restrictions on China’s film industry (and, increasingly, America’s) have been widely reported, their impact on the country’s film reviewers has received little attention. At The...

Chinese Social Networks Explained

Thomas Crampton has posted a short guide to China’s social networks and their users, while at DigiCha, a slideshow by Bill Bishop gives an in-depth explanation of so-called “Twitter clone” Sina Weibo. From

Global Times: Publish and Be Deleted

Global Times’ English edition has a lengthy and candid report on Internet regulations and self-censorship by Douban and other websites: Self-censorship is the rule of survival that prevents popular websites from being shut...

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