Yaqiu Wang

Yaqiu Wang has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University. Her articles on civil society and human rights in China have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, China Change, and elsewhere.

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In China, sources face harassment, jail for speaking to foreign media

February 24, 2017 12:58 PM ET

Zhang Lifan is a Beijing-based historian specializing in modern Chinese history. He is also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government who is interviewed regularly by the foreign press--even when it leads to harassment from officials. Last month alone, he was quoted in a New York Times article about...

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Hong Kong journalists try range of models to battle press freedom challenges

January 12, 2017 3:41 PM ET

A new Chinese-language website pledging to provide Hong Kong with "independent, accurate and fair" news is the latest journalism venture to open in the city, in an attempt to counter increasing Chinese control of the media. Citizen News was launched January 1 by a group of journalists, including Kevin...

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Weighing China jailed cases amid censorship and fear

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

My native China is consistently among the world's worst jailers of journalists. This year, it has been eclipsed by Turkey, which is holding a record number of journalists behind bars. But since CPJ began conducting an annual census in 1990, China has topped the ignoble list 18 times....

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In China, foreign correspondents continue to face harassment, restrictions

November 15, 2016 5:00 PM ET

Conditions for foreign correspondents in China remain difficult, with journalists reporting cases of harassment, surveillance, and restrictions on where they can work, according to findings by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China....

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Criticism and jokes off limits ahead of G20 summit in Hangzhou, China

August 31, 2016 5:02 PM ET

The city of Yuyao, in China's Zhejiang province, is 70 miles away from Hangzhou, where leaders of the world's 20 leading economies will gather September 4 and 5 for the annual G20 summit. Nonetheless, on August 26, democracy activist You Jingyou and his wife were subject to extra security...

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As Beijing tightens grip on Hong Kong media, mainland journalists suffer

August 15, 2016 10:55 AM ET

On August 1, prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who had been detained incommunicado for over a year, reemerged--with an unusual twist on an old script. Wang gave a TV interview in which she renounced her legal work and accused foreign forces of using her to "attack" and...

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China shuts down internet reporting as Xi's sensitivity begins to resemble lèse-majesté

July 28, 2016 10:58 AM ET

On July 1, popular internet portal Tencent, in its original news reporting section, published an article on a speech that President Xi Jinping gave the same day at a conference celebrating the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. One line of the article read, "Xi...

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Mongolian election unlikely to advance press freedom

June 28, 2016 11:18 AM ET

During a visit to Mongolia this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the country as "an oasis of democracy." Mongolia, sandwiched between powerful autocratic neighbors Russia and China, underwent democratic transition in 1990 when it broke away from Soviet rule, and has since held several elections characterized...

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In China, more journalists--even former ones--vulnerable to government wrath

June 1, 2016 2:12 PM ET

Most of the journalists imprisoned in China reported or commented on issues that the Chinese government finds threatening to its rule. They were likely aware that their work could invoke the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party at any time, but still choose to go ahead for the sake...

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Abe administration throttles media independence, journalists and UN say

May 3, 2016 4:22 PM ET

Late in 2015, the Japanese government asked David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to reschedule a visit planned for December. At the time, some news outlets speculated that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under criticism for rising threats...

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