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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.
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...
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...
HRIC strongly condemns the seven-year prison sentence for Gao Yu ( 高瑜) , the 71-year-old independent journalist convicted of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” Gao is also subject to one year of post-release deprivation of political rights. The sentence was announced by the Beijing...
An appeal by Ding Zilin (丁子霖) , a founding member of the Tiananmen Mothers, to the Chinese authorities to conclude the trial of Gao Yu (高瑜), the widely admired veteran journalist. Gao, 70, was tried in November 2014 for leaking an internal Communist Party document, and faces a life sentence. The...
Before Occupy, I wouldn’t have known just how creative this city is. There wasn’t a true public space where people could create and share. But Occupy became that space: it connected people of different classes and professional backgrounds—to create in a way Hong Kong people had never been able to...
On October 20, the Bengbu Intermediate People's Court, Anhui Province, upheld the first instance trial verdict for activist , Zhang Lin ( 张林) . Zhang was found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” by the Bengshan District People’s Court, Bengbu, on September 5 and 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)—...
[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...

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