A new documentary project, High Tech/Low Life, profiles Zuola (Zola) and Tiger Temple, two of China’s most prominent and earlier citizen reporters. Using footage filmed since 2008, the filmmaker follows them as they travel...
Dec 7, 2009
Danwei has produced a video from the 5th annual Chinese blogger conference, held in November in Lianzhou, Guangdong, which includes interviews with bloggers Chang Ping 长平, Bei Feng 北风, Tiger Temple 老虎庙, Teng Biao 藤彪, Hu Yong 胡泳,...
Aug 14, 2008
John Kennedy reports in the Global Voices Online: Chinese citizen reporter Zhou “Zuola” Shuguang has just tweeted his own detention as it was happening on Wednesday afternoon China time. (As of 17:15, Zuola was back at his...
Jul 20, 2008
From The National: Chinese authorities and the country’s bloggers are waging an online battle over push-ups. This is no pre-Olympic fitness craze, but attempts by the government to keep a lid on dissent. Push-ups are what two...
Jul 5, 2008
From Wall Street Journal: Aggressive Chinese bloggers make an art of challenging Chinese government propaganda. This week, they can claim a victory. On Friday, Chinese authorities announced that four Communist Party, local...
Feb 8, 2008
A January 24 article in Time reports on the retreat of “Zola” or Zhou Shuguang, the 26-year-old celebrity blogger who had set out to shed light on local government corruption throughout China armed with a digital...
Dec 9, 2007
From Global Voices Online blog: Below is Zola‘s recount of what he’s been through over the past few days and his abrupt conclusion. In a second blog post since his forced return earlier this week he talks of redirecting the space to focus more on blogger education, but also mentions some unfinished business related to […]
“Nailhouse Blogger” Detained & Interrogated, Web Crackdown On “Ant Farmer” Story Continues… – Rebecca MacKinnon
Dec 7, 2007
From RConversation: Zhou Shuguang, aka “Zola,” reports that he is home safe in Changsha after being detained in Shenyang, interrogated, made to write detailed reports on everybody he met and everything since arriving in Shenyang to blog about the Yilishen “ant-farmer” protests, had his ID and money confiscated, punched around the head and neck a […]
Nov 13, 2007
From Reuters: China’s muzzled press and burgeoning Internet have given citizen reporters an audience and an opportunity — however fleeting — to spread news quicker than government censors can control it. But the ability of bloggers to dodge censors and provide a voice for China’s poor and disadvantaged by covering news events Beijing would rather […]
Apr 30, 2007
From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media: As mainstream media were forced to abandon coverage of the “nail house“, Mr Zhou’s site became a popular alternative source of updates. At its peak, it attracted more than 37,000 visitors a day. Others hoping to negotiate better deals with developers or to highlight violations of […]
Apr 2, 2007
From a mirror site of Zola’s blog (the original site is already blocked):
Apr 1, 2007
The story of China’s “toughest nail house” – flattened overnight – will be remembered for spawning its own little media counterculture. Perhaps the most recognized example is Zola the citizen blogger. Far less-noticed is the April cover of Sports Illustrated (‰ΩìËÇ≤ÁîªÊä•), which, according to an editor there, consciously invokes the saga of Chongqing’s long-entrenched evictees, […]
Mar 29, 2007
The Party’s Propaganda Department has given orders to Chinese domestic media to stop reporting on the “nail house” story, a Chinese journalist who is currently in Chongqing wrote on his blog. Now some Chinese bloggers have taken up their “citizen journalist” role. Read the following post from China in Transition blog: While the Chinese public […]
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