Stories about China

20 August 2019

Twitter reveals China’s information operations on Hong Kong protests

The 936 accounts were merely the active ones and there existed a larger network of approximately 200,000 accounts created to undermine the legitimacy and political positions of the movement in...

19 August 2019

Mainland Chinese netizens face ‘pink terror’ of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests

Those who do not toe the official party line are identified and subjected to doxxing

9 July 2019

China’s censored histories: The struggle to carry memories of the Tiananmen Massacre into the future

Chinese internet users circumvent censorship on 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre with artworks, music and memes.

28 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

27 June 2019

China's censored histories: The evolving blacklist on Tiananmen Massacre

The blacklist shows an ongoing struggle between those vowing never to forget and authorities attempting to erase this piece of history from collective memory. 

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

11 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

26 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

18 March 2019

Kazakhstan silences the Xinjiang megaphone

“I have one issue – and that issue is Xinjiang.”

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