Tiananmen 25: Tight Controls On Square and Online

The weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on Wednesday were marked by an unprecedented campaign of detentions, house arrests, forced or restricted travel, intimidation and surveillance. Those...

What if Xi Gave an Interview and No One Cared?

When newly crowned president Xi Jinping gave an interview to reporters from the five BRICS nations on Tuesday, some felt that the lonely highlight was his speculation about a possible heir to Paul the prophetic octopus at next...

German TV News Crew Attacked in Hebei

Attempted homicide charges have reportedly been filed against men who attacked a German TV news crew while they were filming in Hebei. Police attempted to defend the team, but a local Party secretary’s car is said to have...

Al Jazeera English Closes China Bureau

Al Jazeera English has been forced to close its operations in China after authorities refused to renew the journalist visa of its Beijing correspondent, Melissa Chan. From The New York Times: She declined to be quoted about her...

Foreign Reporters in China Face Problems – AP

From AP: Foreign journalists working in China face continued harassment despite new reporting rules brought in for the Olympic Games this summer, the Beijing-based Foreign Correspondents Club of China said Tuesday. China relaxed restrictions on foreign journalists at the beginning of 2007, exempting them from having to apply for permission to travel and conduct interviews. […]

Foreign Correspondents Roughed Up – Kenneth Tan

Via Shanghaiist: This is not news the government wants to hear in the run-up to the Olympics, but here’s a statement that the Beijing-based Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) just sent out (h/t to the Peking Duck): Dear Members, Recently some foreign correspondents have been detained, harassed and physically roughed up — two incidents […]

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