freedom of information

Freedom With An Asterisk

The Economist reports on “a survey conducted in recent months in 17 countries for BBC World...

Chang Ping on Media Censorship and Its Future

At ChinaFile, Ouyang Bin talks to former Southern Weekly editor Chang Ping about the New Year censorship stand-off at the newspaper, China’s changing media climate, and prospects for reform under Xi Jinping. Why does it...

Wen Jiabao Calls For Inquiry Into Family’s Wealth

While lawyers acting for Wen Jiabao’s family threatened legal action against The New York Times following David Barboza’s investigation of their business dealings, the premier himself has taken a different tack....

Abuse of Foreign Journalists in China: Responses

Three China-based foreign journalists’ groups issued a joint statement this week expressing alarm at recent cases of harassment, in some of which official security forces were involved. At Global Times, Liu Linlin...

China Opens Cracks in Its Deep Culture of Government Secrecy

Published in the Times Argus: The Chinese businessman battled for years to get cities to reveal their budgets, but his quest seemed quixotic in a country notorious for keeping citizens in the dark. Then China did what would once...

More Reactions to the ‘Sunshine Act’

Earlier, CDT posted an excerpt of a September 24th Southern Weekend editorial on a recent communiqué from Central Commission for Discipline Inspection that announced officials are “required to report all records pertaining...


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