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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...
China’s journalists battle local interests and censorship to get the news out Packed full of murder and mayhem, gossip and sport, the Chinese media increasingly reflect an addiction to sensational news similar to that of media in more democratic parts of the world. But the virtual absence of real...
Two unforgettable summer weeks in a Beijing prison Chinese writers face harder times. While China rushes towards an ever more market-oriented economic system, President Jiang Zemin has made it clear that he intends no change in ideology. Several scholars and outspoken journalists have lost their...

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