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Chinese Censorship

China Wants to Draw Borders in Cyberspace -- But So Does Every Other Sovereign Nation

Peter Dombrowski | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
 Peter Dombrowski

China may be more explicit about "Internet sovereignty," but the U.S. and other Western nations themselves have encouraged the emergence of virtual borders as both a prudent response to the demands of civil society and as a means to promote their preferred modes of governance. China simply represents an extreme example of a much wider phenomena.

Yan Lianke: Understand the Enemy

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.29.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"Feeding myself through writing made me fall in love with literature."

Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Make It Clear He's Cool With China

The WorldPost | Matt Sheehan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Home

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't just learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. He also seems to want the gatekeepers of China's Internet to know he's...

Decoding China's Internet, One Meme at a Time

Sophie Beach | Posted 11.30.2014 | Home
Sophie Beach

"Grass-mud horse" (cǎonímǎ 草泥马), which sounds nearly the same in Mandarin as an obscene curse, was originally coined to get around, and also poke fun at, government censorship. The idea caught fire instantly, completely transforming its symbolic meaning. Within weeks, the grass-mud horse became the de facto mascot of Chinese netizens fighting for free expression.

Soccer Commentator Turned Government Critic Silenced In China

China Digital Times | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home

User Generated, Censor Chosen Keywords on Weibo is a monthly feature produced by China Digital Times for The WorldPost. Li Chengpeng is a political...

Guiding Public Opinion After The Kunming Knife Attack

China Digital Times | Posted 03.20.2014 | Home

This is part of a continuing series for The WorldPost produced by China Digital Times on “user-generated, censor chosen keywords.” On March...

Stories Most Feared by Chinese officials Will Still Be Told

PEN American Center | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
PEN American Center

An individual leaking a damning video or corporate filing needn't be a brilliant political strategist, visionary writer or charismatic operative. They don't need to conceive a motivational manifesto. All they need to do is make a printout, download a file, send an email or post a link.

China Arrests Teen For Viral Post

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.27.2013 | Home

The Chinese government, which maintains tight control over Internet use within the country, is taking steps to manage viral posts. Earlier this mo...

Rooted and Unbendable Ai Weiwei

Misha Lyuve | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Misha Lyuve

Every society has constraints that offer opportunity for vision, freedom and courage. "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" by Alison Klayman is a documentary about a man who appreciates the possibilities and challenges of this opportunity in China.

Are We Getting China-Africa Media Relations Wrong?

Iginio Gagliardone | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Iginio Gagliardone

While it is evident how China has been developing a distinctive domestic approach to the Internet and the role of media in society more generally, whether and how the ideas informing this approach are spreading is far less clear.

The Words That Get Censored On Chinese Version Of Twitter (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 03.20.2012 | Home

The words that China's equivalent of Twitter doesn't want people searching for might surprise you. Disinformation, an independent media company i...

Why Was The Word 'Salt' Banned In China?

Posted 03.15.2012 | Home

Chinese social media users weren't able to share many recipes for soup or french fries last year, as the term "iodized salt" was banned in an attempt ...

The Rationale And Costs Of Chinese Censorship

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Daniel Wagner

In light of the admittedly trashy programming that passes for much of 'entertainment' today in the West, it is easy to understand why the Chinese government wants to encourage the enrichment of television programming in China. However, this move comes with costs.

China’s Parallel Online Universe

The Diplomat | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home

As the showdown escalated between Chinese security forces and residents of Wukan, where villagers revolted against the Chinese Communist Party, you di...

Rebellious Chinese Director: Sell Out? | EDWARD WONG | Posted 10.16.2011 | Arts

BEIJING -- The documentary film "Petition" by Zhao Liang is considered by many of its viewers to be a fearless work of art. Shot over 12 years, it sho...

Ai Weiwei Gives First Interview To Communist Party Tabloid

Posted 10.11.2011 | Arts

China's Global Times has published an interview with beleaguered artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, but commentators are not convinced that it was the be...

Ai Weiwei Breaks Gov't-Ordered Media Silence: Tweets About Detention

Posted 10.08.2011 | Arts

Just days after Ai Weiwei's long-awaited return to Twitter, the celebrated Chinese artist appeared to break his legally-imposed media silence by tweet...

San Diego Sits in for Ai Weiwei: China asks for Return of Chairs

John Seed | Posted 07.24.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Through the evening and into Friday morning, a total of 48 volunteer participants sat side-by-side in two traditionally styled Chinese chairs for one-hour periods.

WATCH: Ai Weiwei's Most Political Works

Posted 07.19.2011 | Arts

With the media's extensive coverage of Ai Weiwei's politically-charged detention in China, reports have consistently described the provocateur as the ...

Sex Performance Lands Chinese Artist In Labor Camp

Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts

Cheng Li, a Chinese performance artist, was sentenced to one year of "reeducation through labor" (NSFW) for an explicit public performance on March 20...

PHOTOS: Art In The Streets of Hong Kong For Ai Weiwei

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 06.25.2011 | Arts

Thousands of protestors took to the streets this weekend to protest the continued detainment of artist Ai Weiwei. The demonstrations, held in the some...

Facebook Faces China Censorship Dilemma

Human Rights First | Posted 06.21.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

To date, Google, Godaddy, and a few others have been the only Internet companies to challenge China's restrictive policies. We hope Facebook follows their lead.

Did The Chinese Government Ban Television Time Travel?

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home

When it comes to time travel, the only obstacle greater than harnessing 1.21 gigawatts could be getting past the Chinese government. China's State ...

The Sound of a Dog Not Barking

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Wagner Givens

One day millions of Chinese may take to the streets, more than likely in the context of a slowing economy and/or rising inflation, but don't expect the catalyst to be an external one.

China, the Nobel Prize and the Road to Freedom

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dan Siegel

Americans and the global community must keep its pressure weighing on Chinese officials to free Liu Xiaobo.