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How censorship works at Weibo

China's microblogging site Weibo is involved in a delicate balancing act of adhering to government directives while trying to remain competitive, documents shared with CPJ show. The logs show how Weibo deals with comments on high-profile cases such as the censorship of Southern Weekly in 2013. A former Weibo employee, who shared the documents with CPJ on the condition of anonymity, gives an insider's account of life as an online censor.

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Foreign press in China say travel to Tibet remains restricted

While foreign media outlets were granted some limited access to the Tibet Autonomous Region in 2015, China still rejected roughly three-quarters of the reporters who sought permission to visit last year, according to a new survey by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC).

April 27, 2016 12:11 PM ET

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Males Preferred

In October 2015, when I solicited Chinese readers' views on gender issues in journalism, one comment spoke volumes about the state of the debate in China: "Women can take advantage of their looks and feminine traits to attract well-known and powerful men to accept their interviews."

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Chinese journalist sentenced to nearly 5 years for 'provoking trouble'

New York, April 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the sentencing of Chinese journalist Wang Jing to four years and 10 months in prison on the charge of causing disorder.

April 25, 2016 5:26 PM ET

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Foreign press in China face fewer visa delays but obstacles remain, FCCC finds

The results of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China's annual survey, released at the end of March, are a mixed bag. While problems raised in previous surveys, such as renewing visas, have eased, the responses show challenges remain for the international press.

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Chinese police arrest siblings of Germany-based journalist

New York, March 28, 2016 - Chinese police on Sunday arrested two brothers and a sister of journalist Zhang Ping, who lives in Germany, from his family's hometown, the journalist told CPJ. The arrests came a week after Zhang published an article decrying the disappearance of another Chinese journalist. Zhang told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he believes police arrested his siblings in retaliation for his work.

March 28, 2016 5:45 PM ET

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Family of Chinese blogger taken away after being questioned over critical letter

New York, March 25, 2016--U.S.-based blogger Wen Yunchao told CPJ today he believes that government officials have detained his parents and brother after two weeks of police questioning the family about his alleged connection to an open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign.

March 25, 2016 5:16 PM ET

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Chinese journalist Jia Jia disappears, whereabouts unknown

New York, March 17, 2015 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is troubled by reports that Chinese journalist Jia Jia disappeared on Tuesday night and that his whereabouts remain a mystery.

March 17, 2016 5:43 PM ET

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China's overseas critics under pressure from smear campaigns, cyber attacks

"I think my actions ... have harmed the national interest. What I have done was very wrong. I seriously and earnestly accept to learn a lesson and plead guilty," said Chinese journalist Gao Yu during a televised confession on the state-run channel CCTV in May 2014.

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On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad's regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate.

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Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech

The Chinese microblogging site Weibo has a huge following, with around 100 million users posting every day. For those living in China, one of CPJ's 10 most censored countries, the social network offers the chance to discuss and share news that is often blocked in mainstream outlets.

March 3, 2016 8:00 AM ET

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