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Kristin Jones

Kristin Jones, a consultant to CPJ's Asia program, is an independent investigative reporter. In 2011, she was part of a team that won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for "Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes," a collaboration between NPR and the Center for Public Integrity. Jones was CPJ's senior Asia research associate until 2007. She led writing on the CPJ report "Falling Short," which documented press freedom abuses in China ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Olympics-China Media Watch: New attacks are reported in Xinjiang

August 10, 2008 10:29 AM ET

Xinhua News Agency in Chinese is reporting a series of early morning "terrorist" attacks on markets, bars, and government targets today in Kuche county, in China's far-western region of Xinjiang. A security guard died in the attacks. A second security guard, two paramilitary police, and two civilians were injured, and...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: Xinhua sole news source on tourist attack

August 9, 2008 9:49 AM ET

Today's news of an attack on tourists at a popular sightseeing spot in Beijing has been handled by Xinhua News Agency alone. Other news outlets are simply re-posting its account. This is the norm for sensitive issues. Xinhua is a part of the central government's State Council and undergoes rigorous pre-censorship, which sets it apart from other Chinese news...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: The spectacular

August 8, 2008 1:01 PM ET

Images steal the day. Web sites around China were live-streaming the opening ceremony this evening (even as NBC insisted on broadcasting endless tips on Chinese manners, saving the Big Show for American prime time). Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily re-launched their sites to showcase photos. On 8/8/08 at 8 p.m., images...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: What protesters?

August 7, 2008 11:09 AM ET

On the eve of the opening ceremony, Xinhua News Agency waxes philosophical about the torch's journey tomorrow to the Bird's Nest, its home for the next three weeks. It hasn't been an easy road, and Xinhua refers to the "obstacles" the torch encountered in foreign cities, as well as the...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: Nationalist fervor and the Olympics

August 6, 2008 10:40 AM ET

Basketball star Yao Ming carried the Olympic torch through Tiananmen Square today in the triumphant final leg of a relay fraught with protest. His long-legged saunter under the gaze of Mao's portrait captured headlines in today's Web news outlets, along with speculation about who will light the torch at the opening ceremony...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: All the (good) news fit to print

August 5, 2008 10:34 AM ET

All the news is excellent in China today. The Web site of Xinhua News Agency today leads by telling its audience: "Olympic dream brightens the world." At the provincial levels, the news is equally good, but with a local angle. The Web site of the Southern media group reports that...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: Terrorism in English, crime in Chinese

August 4, 2008 9:30 AM ET

Information about today's attack on border police in the western Chinese city of Kashgar is coming almost entirely from the official Xinhua News Agency. What's interesting is the huge difference in the agency's own reports, depending on what language you're reading. In English, the attack was a suspected act of...

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Olympics-China Media Watch: News on the news

August 1, 2008 2:22 PM ET

The media is in the news. The official Xinhua News Agency chimes in on the fracas over Web access for foreign journalists in the Olympic press center. In a commentary headlined "Do not let 'press freedom' supersede Chinese law" Xinhua defends the government's policy of blocking sensitive Web sites, repeating...

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Olympics: IOC says Internet access 'on the table'

July 31, 2008 2:30 PM ET

Facing massive outcry over Internet restrictions at the Olympic press center, the International Olympic Committee says it met today with Beijing organizers and that "the issues were put on the table." In a statement issued this afternoon, the IOC says it has not made any deal that allows Internet restrictions to...

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Olympics-Chinese Media Watch: Fading memories of a recent disaster

July 31, 2008 1:00 PM ET

With the Olympics preparations crowding the headlines, news related to the deadly May earthquake in Sichuan province has faded. There is still plenty to report, including the recovery effort and the bitter resentment of grieving parents who believe that faulty construction played a role in their children's deaths. But a search of...

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