Stories about China

8 May 2017

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

28 April 2017

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

27 April 2017

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

10 April 2017

Satirical News Show ‘China Uncensored’ Censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

"There is no point in disputing your app store decision with respect to mainland China…but Hong Kong and Taiwan [...] operate under independent legal systems."

28 March 2017

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

"...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…"

2 March 2017

Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence

These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.

4 February 2017

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

26 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

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