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Netizen Voices: No Word on Bird Flu from CCTV News

The April 5th edition of CCTV’s flagship evening news program News Simulcast did not mention a word about the H7N9 strain of bird flu, which has already claimed six lives. Instead, it dwelt on the tidal bore coming up the Amazon...

Net Turns Cold and Spooky for Fatigued Netizens

At Tea Leaf Nation, Natalie Thomas points to signs that netizens are growing disillusioned with social media as a force for social and political change, as apparent victories turn out to be hollow and numbness sets in. While...

Netizen Voices: Welcome to Sparta!

As the 18th Party Congress fast approaches, Beijing residents have found their city under lock-down. Fruit knives are gone from store shelves. Ping pong balls are objects of suspicion. Security volunteers, distinguished by red...

After 80 Days, a Censored Voice Reemerges

Weibo user Zuoyeben was banished from the service after posting a picture of the candlelit June 4th vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. Eighty days later, he reappeared, addressing his more than three million followers...

“Do Not Hype Gourmet Food or Luxury Clothing!”

A leaked directive from the Central Propaganda Department warned Chinese media, “don’t hype the Two Sessions’ ‘gourmet food’ and the clothing and accessories of representatives!”...

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