China Tightens Control of Chat Groups

China issued new rules on instant messaging chat groups, tightening control over online discussions. Beijing has been ramping up measures to secure the internet, a process that has accelerated ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. Group chats on instant messaging apps and online commenting threads have seen a surge in popularity in China partly because they are private for members and so in theory are subject to less censorship. Internet chat service providers must now verify the identities of their users and keep a blog of group chats for no less than six months.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: September 8, 2017

China Cracks Down On Internet Content

Over the last month, Chinese regulators have closed celebrity gossip websites, restricted what video people can post and suspended online streaming, all on grounds of inappropriate content. New regulations state that at least two "auditors" will be required to check all audiovisual content posted online to ensure they adhere to "core socialist values." Topics deemed inappropriate include drug addiction and homosexuality.

Source: Reuters

Posted on: July 5, 2017

U.S.-China Journalist Exchange Program

The East-West Center is offering the 6th China-United States Journalists Exchange, scheduled for September 5-18, 2015. The Exchange provides opportunities for six Chinese participants to visit the United States and six US participants to visit China and Hong Kong. Deadline is July 7.

Source: East-West Center

Posted on: June 1, 2015

China Demands 250,000 Journos Pass Marxism Test

Thanks to a new regulation enacted last fall, all 250,000 of China’s journalists will have to pass an exam on the "Marxist view of journalism" in January or February of 2014. Among the guidelines: “the leading role of the Party in publicity” and how to write critically about Japan and the United States.

Source: Global Post

Posted on: December 24, 2013

Investigative Reporter Quits To Sell Street Food

A Chinese investigative reporter has announced he will return home to Zhengzhou in central China and resume his previous career of selling kabobs. Zhu Changzhen, 45, verified by Sina Weibo as an investigative reporter for the Henan Province-based Dahe Newspaper, said he wants to return as a street-food vendor after understanding that "human beings are the most precious things."

Source: China Daily

Posted on: July 20, 2013

Investigative Journalists Gather in Hamburg

Netzwerk Recherche, Germany's investigative journalism association, holds its annual meeting in Hamburg this weekend. Among the many topics being explored are neo-Nazis, sexism, offshore assets, corruption in journalism, and the state of investigative reporting in China.

Source: Netzwerk Recherche

Posted on: June 15, 2013

An Inside Look at China’s Wild West of Muckraking

In China's tough world of investigative reporting, it's hard to know the rules and even harder to stay out of trouble. Here's a tale of one gutsy journalist at Caixing magazine, Luo Changping, who reported that a senior but unnamed Communist Party official was getting illegal loans. He then took to Twitter-like Weibo to name him -- three times.

Source: BBC News

Posted on: May 23, 2013