Google to Launch Censored Search Engine in China

According to The Intercept, Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protest. The project – code-named Dragonfly – has been underway since spring of last year. The planned move represents a dramatic shift in Google’s policy on China and will mark the first time in almost a decade that the internet giant has operated its search engine in the country. Google’s search service cannot currently be accessed by most internet users in China because it is blocked by the country’s so-called Great Firewall. The app Google is building for China will comply with the country’s strict censorship laws, restricting access to content that Xi Jinping’s Communist Party regime deems unfavorable.

Source: The Intercept

Posted on: August 1, 2018

China’s Watchdog Journalism Slips Away

Five years of President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian rule have had a devastating impact on China's investigative journalists. Their numbers and outlets have diminished, and those who remain feel lost, according to analyst Helen Gao. Worse, the impact will likely affect not only journalism but also "innovation, professionalism and the long-held 'can-do' ethos among the Chinese." Writes Gao: "In tearing down the social ecosystem that investigative journalists helped build, Xi Jinping may be draining not just the vitality of society, but also his vision of the country’s future."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: April 28, 2018

New CPJ Campaign to Free Jailed Journos

The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched a new campaign to free the record 262 imprisoned journalists around the world. Based on easily-mailed postcards sent from the CPJ site, the campaign is designed to build support and pressure in the lead-up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3. CPJ is focusing at first on five journalists wrongly imprisoned in China, Republic Congo, Egypt, Kyrgystan and Turkey. You can follow the campaign at #FreeThePress.


Posted on: April 2, 2018

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