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HRIC joins 70 NGOs, individuals to urge Google to drop the development of a censored search engine for the Chinese market. OPEN LETTER: RESPONSE TO GOOGLE on PROJECT DRAGONFLY, CHINA AND HUMAN RIGHTS To: Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Google Inc cc: Ben Gomes, Vice President of Search;...
This week, international media reported with some alarm the news that Google is building a version of its search engine for mobile users in China that is designed to restrict information flow by filtering out search terms including human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest...
Activist Jiang Lijun (姜立军 or 姜力钧 ) from Tieling City, Liaoning Province, was sentenced to three years for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” by the Dadong District Court of Shenyang Municipal People's Court on January 15, 2016. Jiang was accused of writing and posting online articles that “...
In this short video, Xu Lin, a writer, poet, songwriter, and structural engineer, describes being taken in for questioning on December 17. He says that the Guangzhou police intercepted him when he was taking his kid to school that morning, and accused him of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble...
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...
What is happening at the highest level of Chinese politics as the Party prepares for the most important leadership transition in a decade? HRIC senior policy advisor Gao Wenqian sheds some light on this usually opaque blackbox.
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...
In a statement of protest (see below), Shi Tao, a journalist who served eight years of a ten-year prison term, says that contents in his social networking WeChat account were deleted in recent days, in the lead up to the 26th anniversary of the June Fourth crackdown on the 1989 Democracy Movement...
(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,...

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