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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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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

April 20, 2017
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Dissident Cartoonist Wins Digital Activism Award

Chinese dissident cartoonist Rebel Pepper has been awarded Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. The win was revealed last night in London, during Index’s Awards Gala. Rebel Pepper, the pseudonym of Wang Liming, has long targeted the Chinese regime in his work. In 2014, he fled China for Japan, where he lives in…

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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

April 18, 2017
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Chinese Cartoonist Fights from Exile

Seven years ago, dissident cartoonist Badiucao fled his home country of China for Australia. He’s long relied on the internet to share his work. “I felt this deepening of free expression, as everyone began to use the internet in a new way, I wanted to join in and be part of it,” he told CNN’s James Griffiths…

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China Imposes New Restrictions on Foreign Picture Books

March 20, 2017
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China Imposes New Restrictions on Foreign Picture Books

The Chinese government this month abruptly placed new restrictions on the publication of children’s picture books from abroad, reportedly in order to “reduce the influence of foreign ideas and enhance ideological control.” Authorities are not commenting directly, but four publishers confirm that a quota has been imposed on the number of foreign picture books allowed…

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Even Dictionaries Aren’t Safe From Censorship in China

October 14, 2016
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Even Dictionaries Aren’t Safe From Censorship in China

The absurd lengths required to maintain censorship were once again illustrated this week, this time by numerous Chinese consumers who noted that their government routinely “edits” English-language dictionaries before they’re sold, specifically by covering up or otherwise eliding the entry for Taiwan because it contradicts China’s official line on the disputed island. Most recently, a…

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Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

August 1, 2016
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Unidentified Comic Among Hundreds of Books Seized in Raid on Hong Kong Fair

Authorities raided the Hong Kong Book Fair just as it was wrapping up last week, seizing more than 1400 copies of 300 different titles suspected to be obscene or indecent under local law. One unidentified comic was among the books seized, but the Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration has refused to provide any…

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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

July 29, 2016
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Chinese Cartoonist’s Elusive Battle with Censors

Chinese cartoonist Badiucao has no qualms about tackling China’s difficult political and social issues. As a result, he’s become skilled at eluding the authorities that would censor him. In a recent interview with Cartoonists Rights Network International, Badiucao speaks about the lengths he goes to in order to protect his identity and safety in a country well-known…

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