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August 5, 2015 President Xi Jinping General Secretary Office Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Zhongnanhai Ximen Fuyou Street Xicheng District Beijing 100017 People’s Republic of China Mr. Meng Jianzhu Secretary of Central Politics and Law Commission 14 Beichizi Street Dongcheng...
On June 5, Shi Tao, former editor of “Contemporary Business News,” issued a statement protesting the deletion of contents from his WeChat “Moments,” and condemning WeChat for having become a shameful accomplice to powerful officials. Afterwards, he registered for a NetEase account. Despite being...
See Chinese original . On June 18, 2004, I was in Xian when I heard about the poetry lecture courses that were being held by the Shanxi College of Literature, and Mr. Song Lin was invited to attend. Song Lin, who had lived in France, was my poetry mentor, and I hadn’t seen him in 14 years. I was...
(Updated August 12, 2014) The State Internet Information Office (国家互联网信息办公室), the top government agency that oversees online content management, issued, on August 7, a set of regulations on mobile instant messaging services—such as WeChat (Tencent), Yixin (NetEase), and Feixin (China Mobile)—...
A set of rules aimed at countering the “abuse” of information obtained by news personnel in the course of news gathering and other related professional activities went into effect on June 30, 2014. (See HRIC’s English translation below.) The rules, issued by the State Administration of Press,...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] In the 1970s, an article in Undergrad —a periodical published by the Student Council of the University of Hong Kong (HKU)—resonated with many people with its description of Hong Kong as a “free yet undemocratic” city. Although people argued over whether Hong...
On March 1, the Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets will go into effect. When first announced on February 2, the Xinhua News Agency presented them as “an effort to boost government transparency.” However, the regulations, read...
China’s revised Law on Guarding State Secrets (State Secrets Law) goes into effect today. Passed on April 29, 2010, the same day that a major policy report on the Internet 1 was presented to the National People’s Congress, the revised State Secrets Law is a legal upgrade designed to place broader...
March 24, 2010 1 China Update Let us start with an update on Google’s situation in China. We launched Google.cn, our Chinese search engine, in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in...
Translation by Wen Huang The Internet has created room for the birth and development of civil society in totalitarian countries. In the past two years, social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have developed at an amazing speed in non-democratic countries. They have become the...

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