Congress

HK Protest Leaders Given 6-8 Month Prison Sentences

Three young democracy campaigners were each given prison sentences for taking part in an “unlawful assembly” of Hong Kong government headquarters that marked the beginning of the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” protests of 2014. The three sentenced were Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and...

Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Disappeared, Says Wife

Renowned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been under house arrest for the last three years, suddenly disappeared from his home on Aug. 13. As of Aug. 15, there has been no update on his whereabouts. Gao’s wife Geng He, who lives in the United States, confirmed Gao’s disappearance wit...

Journalism, Propaganda, Censorship, and the 19th Party Congress

At Deutsche Welle, Sabine Peschel talks to Audrey Jiajia Li, a former TV journalist who has turned to social media and foreign media outlets as the media climate within China grows ever frostier. Li discusses self-censorship and social media blocks, her hopes for journalism in China, unpromising rec...

WeChat, Weibo and Baidu Under Investigation

On Friday, the Cyberspace Administration of China announced that three popular social media platforms—Sina Weibo, WeChat, and Baidu Tieba—have all been placed under investigation for alleged violations of the country’s new cybersecurity law, saying that all three have hosted illegal content je...