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2017/11/30 | Michael Clarke

China Tightens Grip in Xinjiang amid Belt and Road

Comprehensive control of 'stability' in Xinjiang has become a heightened strategic imperative with the launch of China's Belt and Road initiative.

2017/11/29 | David Green

Lee Ming-che's Sentence Chills Taiwan NGOs

Lee Ming-che's sentencing to five years in prison in China for the crime of 'subversion' has had a marked chilling effect on the actions and communications of Taiwan's NGOs. The case also suggests Taiwan's wider population faces an insidious dilemma: whether or not to self-censor. 

2017/11/19 | Merriden Varrall

Fearing Beijing's Ire, the Australian Publishing Industry is Censoring Itself

It seems that China has not actually taken any action to influence this decision, but publishers are still playing it safe.

2017/11/03 | Louisa Lim

Xi's 'New Era' Censorship Bans Books, Curbs Curiosity

'What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who would want to read one.' The ideological conformity of the New Era hints at a frightening prospect: that both Orwell and Huxley's fears could be realized simultaneously in Xi Jinping's China.

2017/08/27 | Sally Tyler

'The King and I' Re-Imagined: Thailand's Dangerous Libel Laws

A U.S. production of The King and I is a reminder of lèse majesté laws in Thailand, and the renewed importance of artistic free expression amid Trump’s call for tightening of libel laws.

2017/08/25 | Jonathan Sullivan

The Cambridge Saga and Upholding Western Academic Values in the Face of Chinese Censors

It goes without saying that from the point of view of the integrity of the academic endeavour CUP has made the right decision. While we wait to see how CUP’s business in China may be affected

2017/07/24 | Phil Robertson

OPINION: Vietnam's Growing Online Community is Under Threat

Foreign donors should make it clear to Hanoi that closer relations depend on Vietnam tolerating its critics, rather than sending them to prison, says Phil Robertson.

2017/07/21 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: Director Zero Chou's Latest Project Films in LGBT Sensitive Cities

The award-winning director's new project involves filming in four cities in which LGBT topics are still banned.

2017/07/11 | Oiwan Lam

How China's Biggest Video Game Became the Target of the Chinese Communist Party

Chinese Communist Party media and commentators have objections to the game that go beyond its supposedly addictive nature. They are concerned about the game's storyline, which they say 'subverts Chinese history,' writes Oiwan Lam.

2017/06/28 | Scott Shackelford

Internet Balkanization in China

China’s new cybersecurity law is part of a worrying global trend towards Internet Balkanisation, Scott Shackleford writes.

2017/06/06 | ZiQing Low

China Issues New Rules for What People Can and Can’t Say in Online TV, Movies

'Programs should promote the revolution, the advanced culture of socialism and patriotism as a core value, as well as praise the motherland and celebrate national heroes.'

2017/05/04 | Luwei Rose Luqiu

Testing the Line: A Personal Reflection on How to Be a Journalist in China

'China has so many newsworthy stories for journalists to dig up and publish before the censors notice. In my career, working as a journalist for twenty years, it has always been a game: testing the line and seizing that small window of opportunity.'

2017/05/03 | Kirsten Han

Singapore's ‘Fake News’ Claim Used to Censor Free Press

‘If we want to guard ourselves against fake news, we’re going to have to do more to boost our bullshit detectors. That can’t be achieved by increasing criminalization and legal action.’

2017/05/03 | FORTUNE

China Has Tightened Its Grip on Online News With Sweeping New Controls

China’s Cyberspace Administration will now require most online news and media outlets to obtain a license from the government.