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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

August 13, 2018
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Google Reverses Position on Free Expression

Disturbing news came out of the tech sector last week when a whistleblower released documents showing that Google is trying to re-enter the Chinese market with a search engine that conforms to the draconian censorship laws China’s internet is bound by. The project, named “Dragonfly” is still ongoing with no definite outcome determined, but just…

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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

August 1, 2018
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Free Speech Falters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been in the news a lot recently for failures of protecting free speech. A popular book by a world-famous author being label indecent. Children’s books being removed to a “closed section.” Freedom of the press in danger from self-censorship while being undermined by the government. These all add up to an unattractive…

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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

May 24, 2018
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Rage Comics, China’s Latest Censorship Target

Rage comics in China are now under fire, with one of the countries most popular sites, Baozou, being targeted for a post from 2014. The post in question was a video of someone wearing a rage face mask making a joke about Dong Cunrui, a soldier who blew himself up to destroy a Nationalist party…

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Censorship Soars Amid China’s Repeal of Presidential Term Limits

March 16, 2018
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Censorship Soars Amid China’s Repeal of Presidential Term Limits

Following the announcement that China’s National People Congress, near unanimously approved a constitutional amendment that will allow President Xi Jinping to stay in office for more than the previously allowed two terms, popular social media channels in China began to unceremoniously delete anything that might refer to the decision, whether good or bad. Weibo, China’s…

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Ailing Swedish Bookseller Arrested Again in China

February 1, 2018
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Ailing Swedish Bookseller Arrested Again in China

Just months after Hong Kong-based bookseller and Swedish citizen Gui Minhai was supposedly released after nearly two years of detention in mainland China, he is back in official custody after being seized by plainclothes police officers on a Beijing-bound train. Gui was traveling to the capital for a medical appointment because he has begun to…

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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

October 24, 2017
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Gui Minhai Missing Since Alleged Release from Chinese Detention

Chinese authorities claim to have released Gui Minhai, the last of five men associated with Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current who were originally detained in late 2015. According to his daughter Angela Gui, however, his whereabouts remain unknown and he has not contacted family or friends since his alleged release on October 17. Gui was…

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Winnie the Pooh Banned Again on Chinese Social Media

July 24, 2017
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Winnie the Pooh Banned Again on Chinese Social Media

Winnie the Pooh has become the latest casualty in the ongoing war between online censors and the internet denizens of China. Users of Chinese social media sites Weibo and Wechat have found themselves censored when referencing Winnie the Pooh, due to a meme comparing the A.A. Milne character via Disney to Chinese president Xi Jinping.…

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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

June 23, 2017
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Daughter of Detained Bookseller Asks Foreign Governments to Pressure China

The daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location on the Chinese mainland since October 2015 on suspicion of trafficking in banned books, pleaded once again this week for the governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom to apply diplomatic pressure for his release. Gui was originally abducted…

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Ai Weiwei Defines Artists’ Duty to Resist Repression

May 12, 2017
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Ai Weiwei Defines Artists’ Duty to Resist Repression

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has long been a thorn in the side of authorities, defiantly finding ways to critique government corruption and suppression despite constant surveillance, threats, detention, and a four-year revocation of his passport which prevented him from traveling abroad. In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, he laid out what he…

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Detained Hong Kong Publisher Wins Swedish Press Freedom Award

April 26, 2017
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Detained Hong Kong Publisher Wins Swedish Press Freedom Award

Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai, who has been held in an undisclosed location in mainland China since October 2015 as authorities try to extract information about his customers, has been awarded the Swedish Publicists’ Association’s Anna Politkovskaya Memorial Prize for free speech and press freedom. Gui, a naturalized Swedish citizen, was detained along with four…

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