China / 2012

New York Times reporter leaves mainland China

December 31, 2012 2:41 PM ET

New York, December 31, 2012--The New York Times reported today that one of its correspondents in China, Chris Buckley, has had to leave the mainland because Chinese authorities have not issued him a visa for 2013....

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Honoring tenacity and courage

November 13, 2012 10:31 AM ET

New York, November 13, 2012-- Four fearless journalists from Brazil, China, Kyrgyzstan and Liberia who risked their lives and liberty to expose wrongdoings will be awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2012 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous reporting.  Harassed, tortured, threatened and imprisoned for their critical...

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Sign CPJ petition to free journalist Dhondup Wangchen

November 5, 2012 2:26 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created a petition that calls on Chinese President Hu Jintao to immediately release unjustly imprisoned Tibetan journalist Dhondup Wangchen....

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China obstructs, censors foreign media before congress

October 29, 2012 1:58 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2012--Officials from China's Communist Party should stop censoring and obstructing foreign journalists in the lead-up to the Party Congress scheduled for November 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Information security is notoriously tight before the five-yearly congress, which is expected to usher in...

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Missing colleague of Tibetan filmmaker causes concern

October 3, 2012 2:37 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today for a missing Tibetan filmmaker whom colleagues fear may have been detained. ...

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Chinese Internet writer detained after posting on Diaoyu

September 18, 2012 4:20 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2012--Chinese authorities should release a well-known academic and Internet writer detained last week in connection with his published articles, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Jiao Guobiao has been targeted in the past for his articles criticizing the Chinese government....

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Clinton must speak up for international press in China

September 4, 2012 2:34 PM ET

New York, September 4, 2012--U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should press Chinese officials in meetings this week to allow international journalists based in China greater access to news events and fewer restrictions of their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Japan should release journalists covering Chinese protest

August 16, 2012 5:52 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--Japanese authorities should release two Phoenix TV journalists detained Wednesday while covering Chinese protesters landing on a disputed territory between Japan and China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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A year after Wenzhou, China still censoring disaster stories

July 24, 2012 1:35 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2012--A year after drawing public ire for censoring coverage of a high-speed train crash, Chinese authorities should allow journalists to freely cover the aftermath of Saturday's deadly flooding in and around the capital, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. International news accounts said 37...

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China blocks Bloomberg for political report

June 29, 2012 3:51 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2012--Chinese censors should unblock the website of the Bloomberg news agency, which became inaccessible today following a story on the vice president's family and its financial assets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese writers sentenced for 'essays of inciting nature'

June 20, 2012 3:50 PM ET

Chinese activists Lü Jiaping, his wife Yu Junyi, and an associate, Jin Andi, were imprisoned in 2010 without their families being informed. The full details of their 2011 trial and sentences were not made public until 2012, according to the English-language Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post....

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China shuts out Al-Jazeera English in Beijing

May 7, 2012 9:10 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2012--China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs should immediately grant accreditation to Al-Jazeera English reporters to work in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The channel said China has refused its long-time correspondent Melissa Chan and other colleagues journalist visas, forcing it to close its Beijing...

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Chen Guangcheng reporting censored, obstructed

May 3, 2012 3:53 PM ET

New York, May 3, 2012--Chinese security officials' ongoing obstruction of foreign and domestic journalists covering dissident Chen Guangcheng is a worrying sign for supporters trying to secure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities in Chen's native Shandong province have kept the blind, self-taught lawyer isolated...

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Writer jailed for defamation amid China rumor crackdown

April 26, 2012 4:11 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2012--A court in Hunan province has sentenced local resident Hu Lianyou to two years in prison for defaming a police chief in online writings, according to local news reports....

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Boxun news site attacked amid Bo Xilai coverage

April 25, 2012 5:14 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2012--The U.S.-based, Chinese-language news website Boxun has come under two crippling denial-of-service attacks in the past week as the outlet sought to report on the unfolding murder and corruption scandal involving former senior Communist Party leader Bo Xilai. The attacks forced Boxun to change its...

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Chinese Internet crackdown on Bo Xilai rumors continues

April 13, 2012 2:35 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2012--Chinese authorities should halt their censorship of Web content in the aftermath of senior politician Bo Xilai's dismissal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Internet officials in China have deleted at least 210,000 online posts and shut down as many as 42 websites since...

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In China, website restrictions after politician's ouster

April 2, 2012 4:15 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Chinese authorities' recent clampdown on the Internet after rumors circulated about politician Bo Xilai's dismissal from the Communist Party leadership in Chongqing. In recent days, authorities have shut down several microblog sites and detained and targeted Internet...

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Chinese journalist, a Bo Xilai critic, reportedly jailed

March 30, 2012 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2012--Authorities in Chongqing must clarify the status of a journalist who reports say was secretly sentenced to prison in 2010 for criticizing a government official in a personal blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ has not been able to independently confirm the...

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China's new law sanctions covert detentions

March 14, 2012 11:35 AM ET

New York, March 14, 2012--China has approved revisions to its criminal code that grants police broad powers to hold journalists and others who discuss sensitive national issues without charge in secret detention for up to six months, according to news reports....

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Online editor in China detained for reposting

March 5, 2012 6:03 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2012--A Web editor in the southern Chinese city of Foshan was jailed for 10 days after reposting an unconfirmed report that two local officials had been caught with prostitutes, according to Chinese and international news reports....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Abolishing Censorship

February 21, 2012 11:37 PM ET

Even as trade and new systems of communication turn us into global citizens, the information we need to ensure accountability often stops at national borders. New platforms like social media are valuable tools, but the battle against censorship is hardly over. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press: China Holds Fast to Information Control

February 21, 2012 11:25 PM ET

Internet users posed ever-bigger challenges to Beijing's media controls, boosting debate on public safety and censorship. But ahead of a 2012 leadership transition, the Chinese Communist Party looks likely to fiercely suppress dissent. By Madeline Earp...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists In Prison

February 21, 2012 4:41 PM ET

Iran is the world's worst jailer of the press. Detentions rise in the Middle East and North Africa....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: China

February 21, 2012 12:15 AM ET

Authorities blocked reporting of unrest occurring around the world, from Inner Mongolia to the Occupy movement. More than half of the 27 journalists imprisoned on December 1 were from Tibet and Xinjiang, reflecting crackdowns after earlier unrest in minority regions. After online calls for Arab Spring-style demonstrations, dubbed the...

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In China, journalists attacked while covering land dispute

February 16, 2012 6:06 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by a series of violent attacks on international journalists that appear aimed at suppressing coverage of land-related protests in Panhe, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. ...

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CPJ calls for media reforms in China

February 13, 2012 12:33 PM ET

Dear President Obama: When you meet with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping tomorrow at the White House, we urge you to raise concerns about media restrictions in China.

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Chinese writer sentenced for 'anti-government thoughts'

January 20, 2012 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harsh sentence given to Chinese writer and activist Li Tie, whose online writings calling for political reform were cited as evidence of "subversion of state authority." ...

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Under pressure at home, Chinese writer chooses exile

January 13, 2012 3:03 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012--The decision of prominent Chinese writer Yu Jie to seek exile in the United States this week is an indication of the intensifying hardships that face dissidents who criticize Communist Party rule, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Online writer imprisoned in China

January 9, 2012 4:02 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2012--A 10-year prison term given to online critic Chen Xi last month is the latest severe sentence targeting dissenters in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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