China / 2014

Chinese reporter arrested in connection with Hong Kong protest coverage

October 14, 2014 2:19 PM ET

New York, October 14, 2014--The arrest of a Chinese reporter working for a German weekly is cause for alarm and signals a threat to other Chinese journalists working for foreign media in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Zhang Miao, an arts reporter for the German magazine Die...

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Uighur blogger Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison on separatism charges

September 23, 2014 2:34 PM ET

New York, September 23, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the life term handed down by a Chinese court today to Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur blogger and academic, and calls for his unconditional release. Tohti was found guilty of separatism by a court in the western Xinjiang region,...

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Critical Chinese writer Tie Liu arrested, home raided

September 15, 2014 3:30 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2014--Police raided the home of a critical Chinese writer and publisher on Sunday, and detained him on a charge of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," according to his family and news reports. Huang Zerong, 81, had recently written articles criticizing restrictions on press freedom in China,...

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Critical Chinese blogger given six-year prison term

July 23, 2014 6:14 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2014--Chinese authorities today sentenced a blogger to more than six years in prison, according to news reports. Dong Rubin, a businessman who has criticized the ruling Communist Party in his blogs, has been in prison since September 2013....

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Chinese journalist dismissed after writing on Hong Kong news website

July 22, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the recent termination of a Chinese journalist from a monthly magazine after he wrote for a Hong Kong website. Song Zhibiao's dismissal marks the first publicized case of its kind following recent directives by the Chinese government that...

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In China, journalist released after weeks in jail

July 9, 2014 4:58 PM ET

Shi Ping, a Henan-born Time Weekly journalist who wrote under the penname Shi Yu, was arrested on May 26, 2014, in connection with his alleged attendance at small-scale Tiananmen memorial events, the journalist said on his Weibo microblog page. He was accused of "gathering a crowd to disturb social order."...

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China releases journalists from prison

July 9, 2014 4:55 PM ET

As in past years, China in 2014 arrested some journalists and activists in the run-up to the anniversary of the massacre of protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. This year, journalists were also arrested in possible connection to an ongoing police probe into prominent human rights lawyer Pu...

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China puts Tibetan writer and husband under house arrest amid Kerry visit

July 9, 2014 3:29 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2014--Chinese authorities should immediately release two writers who have been placed under house arrest in Beijing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The move comes as China hosts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry....

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Tibetan writers released from prison in China

July 2, 2014 3:02 PM ET

Two Tibetan writers were released from prison in Sichuan province on June 20, 2014, after completing four-year jail terms given to them in June 2010, according to reports. Jangtse Donkho and Buddha were convicted in the Aba Intermediate Court on charges of "incitement to split the nation," reports said....

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CPJ concerned by new restrictions on journalists in China

June 18, 2014 6:24 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2014--China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a circular today that, if fully implemented, will curtail Chinese journalists' ability to report. News of the directive came via the official state news agency, Xinhua....

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Two Hong Kong journalists detained in mainland China

June 9, 2014 2:45 PM ET

Hong Kong, June 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention in mainland China of two Hong Kong journalists, the latest in a series of indications that the space for media freedom in Hong Kong is shrinking....

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CPJ welcomes release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen in China

June 5, 2014 12:41 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was jailed in China in 2008 for shooting the film, "Leaving Fear Behind," which documents conditions faced by Tibetans under Chinese rule. Wangchen was released from prison in Qinghai's provincial...

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China detains journalist amid widening crackdown

May 29, 2014 12:54 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 29, 2014--Another journalist has been detained in China ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Xin Jian, who was arrested on May 13 and accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble."...

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Boxun News contributor arrested in China

May 14, 2014 2:00 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 14, 2014--Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that police arrested a contributor to the U.S.-based Chinese-language news website Boxun News on May 3, accusing him of fabricating stories that harmed China's image, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Xiang Nanfu's arrest, which is the...

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Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for leaking secrets

May 8, 2014 2:50 PM ET

Hong Kong, May 8, 2014--A Chinese journalist missing since April 24 was detained by authorities and has been accused of leaking a confidential Communist Party document, according to news reports. Gao Yu's arrest comes amid the detention of several government critics as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square...

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Hong Kong publisher Yao Wentian jailed for 10 years

May 8, 2014 10:39 AM ET

Hong Kong, May 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 10-year jail sentence given on Wednesday to a Hong Kong publisher preparing to release a book critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping. ...

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Charles Xue released from Chinese prison on bail

April 18, 2014 11:16 AM ET

Charles Xue Biqun, a Chinese-born American billionaire venture capitalist and a prominent government critic, was released on bail April 16, 2014, after being arrested in August 2013 for alleged involvement in prostitution, according to news reports....

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CPJ condemns attack on media executives in Hong Kong

March 19, 2014 1:51 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on two senior media executives in Hong Kong by four masked men armed with metal bars. The executives work for Hong Kong Media News, which is preparing to launch a Chinese-language newspaper, and have been identified in reports...

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Three journalists detained after reporting on Tiananmen

March 18, 2014 1:59 PM ET

Hong Kong, March 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to immediately release three journalists who were arrested almost two weeks ago and remain in jail for their coverage of events in Tiananmen Square....

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China slaps separatism charges on Uighur blogger

February 26, 2014 3:29 PM ET

New York, February 26, 2014--Chinese authorities should immediately release a Uighur blogger and academic who has been charged with separatism after being held incommunicado and without charge since January 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Former Hong Kong editor in critical condition after attack

February 26, 2014 2:33 PM ET

Hong Kong, February 26, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on a journalist in Hong Kong and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough and efficient investigation and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. Kevin Lau Chun-to is now in critical condition, according to news reports....

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How the United States' Spying Strengthens China's Hand

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

The scope of the National Security Agency's digital surveillance raises doubts about the U.S. commitment to freedom of expression online. By Joel Simon...

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney...

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CPJ Risk List

February 12, 2014 2:20 AM ET

Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction. By Maya Taal...

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Journalists in Hong Kong and Taiwan Battle Beijing's Influence

February 12, 2014 1:40 AM ET

Media owners' reluctance to draw China's disfavor imperils the ability of the Hong Kong and Taiwanese press to play a watchdog role. By a CPJ Contributor Popular protests like this one in Taipei on January 1, 2013, helped derail a plan for a wealthy business tycoon with interests in China...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: China

February 12, 2014 1:36 AM ET

Despite expectations for greater transparency after President Xi Jinping took office in March, Beijing continued to try to suppress information on a broad range of issues. A CPJ report in March found that the government struggled to cope with ever more pervasive digital platforms that Chinese citizens used to express...

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