Du Bin, a Chinese journalist whose films and books explored the dark side of recent Chinese history, was detained in Beijing yesterday. He was detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” the same offense...
by Joseph Brouwer | Dec 11, 2020
On December 11, Bloomberg News announced that Haze Fan, a Chinese news assistant, was arrested by plainclothes officers in Beijing and charged with national security crimes. She appears to be the first news assistant to face...
by Samuel Wade | Jan 20, 2015
At The Atlantic, Matt Schiavenza describes the valuable work of foreign media organizations’...
by Josh Rudolph | Jul 10, 2014
The Chinalawtranslate Community Translation Project has translated the recently announced State...
by Sophie Beach | May 22, 2010
The following blog post was written by blogger Caomin, who says he is a college student in the interior of China. According to him, it is a transcript of a conversation between him and an officer of the Domestic Security...
by Liu Yong | Apr 16, 2008
From RFA: A Beijing-based news researcher for The New York Times and cutting-edge Chinese investigative reporter has called for greater press freedom in China following his release from a three-year jail term. “There is not...
by Wu Nan | Sep 14, 2007
From the Shanghaiist: Zhao Yan (ËµµÂ≤©), the Chinese journalist jailed in 2004 while working for the New York Times is expected to be freed this weekend. Zhao was charged for revealing state secrets after a Times report was published that correctly predicted the retirement of Jiang Zemin (Ê±üÊ≥ΩÊ∞ë) as president and Communist Party chief… Father […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 14, 2007
Update: Zhao was released early Saturday morning. Journalist and former New York Times researcher Zhao Yan is slated to be released from prison this weekend, according to the New York Times: Prison officials in Beijing told Mr. Zhao’s older sister that he would be released before 9 a.m. on Saturday. The sister, Zhao Kun, said […]
by Wu Nan | Dec 8, 2006
From AP: China, which jails more journalists than any other nation, is challenging the view that information on the Internet is impossible to control, and the implications for press freedom could be far-reaching, a New York-based rights group said. At least 31 journalists are behind bars in China, making it the world’s leading jailer of […]
by Wu Nan | Dec 3, 2006
From the Boston Globe: Press freedom got a new — but temporary — boost in China yesterday when the government announced that it would allow foreign journalists greater autonomy in advance of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Foreign journalists usually need permission from Chinese authorities before conducting interviews and traveling anywhere outside the city where they […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 30, 2006
From The New York Times: A Beijing appeals court on Friday upheld a fraud conviction against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times in a ruling that means he will probably remain in prison until his three-year sentence ends next September. The researcher, Zhao Yan, sought to overturn an August fraud conviction that stemmed […]
by Mo Ming | Nov 3, 2006
From The New York Times: The High Court of Beijing has rejected a request by a jailed Chinese researcher for The New York Times to hold an open hearing on his appeal of his fraud conviction, a defense lawyer said today. Instead, Guan Anping, the defense lawyer, said that prosecutors and the defense team would […]
by Michael Zhao | Oct 5, 2006
Latest on Zhao Yan case, from the New York Times: A Chinese researcher for The New York Times may appear in court as early as next week to appeal his conviction on a fraud charge, but his legal team is worried that it will be unable to call witnesses, submit evidence or provide him with […]
by Xiao Qiang | Oct 3, 2006
From Associated Press, via The Boston Globe: More than 50 leading scholars and rights campaigners from the United States, Europe, and Australia have issued a rare public protest of Chinese policies, sending an open letter to President Hu Jintao asking him to stop the harassment of human rights activists. The Sept. 29 open letter posted […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 19, 2006
On Newsweek.com, Melinda Liu summarizes the recent government crackdown on free expression in China: For a while many foreign correspondents thought authorities were “killing the chicken to scare the monkey.” That’s a Chinese proverb meaning one target is attacked in order to intimidate another. When we saw our Chinese contacts harassed, detained, physically assaulted and […]
by Michael Zhao | Sep 4, 2006
From the New York Times: A Chinese researcher for The New York Times, sentenced to three years in prison for fraud, decided Monday to appeal his conviction, one of his lawyers said. Zhao Yan, 44, who worked in The Times’s Beijing bureau, won a victory on Aug. 25 when a Beijing court dismissed the more […]
CDT in the News
- The Philadelphia Inquirer – China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers
- Mind Matters – For Five Days There Was Free Expression in China
- Hoover Institution – Xiao Qiang On China’s Model Of Digital Authoritarianism
- New York Times – In China, an App Offered Space for Debate. Then the Censors Came.
- Taiwan CNA – China blocks Clubhouse, official media say “anti-China has nothing to do with free speech”