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[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...
Yao Wentian, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong-based, Morning Bell Press, was arrested and held in Shenzhen for three months. Authorities accused Yao of carrying contraband, but those familiar with the circumstances believe that his arrest is related to the upcoming publication of a book that...
In 1983, I spent five weeks traveling around China with my family on our first visit to the country. In those days, less than a decade after the death of Mao Zedong and the end of the Cultural Revolution, people were still wary of speaking to foreigners. Although my young daughter and I attracted...
January 7, 2013 [English translation by Human Rights in China]
Gao Wenqian HRIC Senior Policy Advisor Excerpt :
Acceptance Speech, Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage 2012 Warsaw, Poland, May 11, 2012
Open letter by retired senior party cadres On October 11, 2010, just three days after the Nobel Peace Prize was announced, Li Rui, Mao’s former secretary, along with 22 other senior party cadres, wrote an open letter to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee requesting that the freedoms...
A veteran journalist describes how the Chinese authorities limit foreign reporting in China, even as the government spends huge sums of money in getting the “true” story out to the international community. An American friend who has been working in public relations in China for many years recently...
Translation by HRIC “中国政府在驳斥对互联网自由指控时,总是强调有多少网民多少博客,国新办《中国互联网状况》也如是。这种逻辑基本和我骂你是傻逼,你却说自己身高190,相貌堂堂一样。” “The Chinese government, in refuting criticisms on Internet freedom, always emphasizes the number of Internet users and bloggers, including in the Internet White Paper. This logic is akin to when I...

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