Alerts   |   China

Chinese reporter arrested in connection with Hong Kong protest coverage

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 Zeit, has been in jail since October 2 and was accused on Monday of "committing provocative activities and creating troubles."

Alerts   |   China

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

Uighur blogger Ilham Tohti, pictured in Beijing in 2010, has been sentenced to life in prison. (AFP/Frederic J. Brown)

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, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   China

Critical Chinese writer Tie Liu arrested, home raided

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, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   China

Critical Chinese blogger given six-year prison term

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.

Alerts   |   China

Chinese journalist dismissed after writing on Hong Kong news website

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 bar journalists from cooperating with foreign news agencies, according to The New York Times.

Case   |   China

In China, journalist released after weeks in jail

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."

Case   |   China

China releases journalists from prison

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 Zhiqiang and for reporting on protests that took place in Beijing in March. By July 2014, CPJ had documented the arrests of at least 9 journalists since the beginning of the year. Of those, four were subsequently released.

Alerts   |   China

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

Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, seen here in a 2008 photo, has been placed under house arrest along with her husband, author Wang Lixiong. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

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.

Case   |   China

Tibetan writers released from prison in China

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.

Statements   |   China

CPJ concerned by new restrictions on journalists in China

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.

Statements   |   China

CPJ welcomes release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen in China

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 capital, Xining, today, but faces an unspecified term of deprivation of political rights, according to Wangpo Tethong, a member of the Switzerland-based Tibetan film company Filming for Tibet who spoke to CPJ. 

Alerts   |   China

China detains journalist amid widening crackdown

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."

Alerts   |   China

Boxun News contributor arrested in China

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 latest in a wave of detention of dissidents, including lawyers, professors, and journalists, in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

Alerts   |   China

Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for leaking secrets

A 2007 photo shows Chinese journalist Gao Yu speaking in Hong Kong. Gao has been detained since April 24. (AFP/Mike Clarke)

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 crackdown approaches, according to news reports

Statements   |   China

CPJ condemns attack on media executives in Hong Kong

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 as Lei Iun-han, director and vice-president, and Lam Kin-ming, news controller. The two sought treatment for injuries to their face, arms, and legs, the reports said.

Alerts   |   China

Three journalists detained after reporting on Tiananmen

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.

Alerts   |   China

China slaps separatism charges on Uighur blogger

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.

Alerts   |   China

Former Hong Kong editor in critical condition after attack

Protesters urge police to apprehend the perpetrators of an attack on Hong Kong journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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.

Attacks on the Press   |   China, USA

How the United States' Spying Strengthens China's Hand

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

Demonstrators march outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on October 26, 2013, to demand that Congress investigate the NSA's mass surveillance programs. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Attacks on the Press   |   Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Pakistan, Poland, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, UK, Uganda

Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

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

Pakistani investigative journalist Umar Cheema has exposed corruption in Parliament. (AFP/Aamir Qu)

Attacks on the Press   |   Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Liberia, Russia, Syria, Turkey, UK, USA, Vietnam, Zambia

CPJ Risk List

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

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood try to push a journalist, center, away from the police academy where ousted President Mohamed Morsi was on trial on the outskirts of Cairo, November 4, 2013. Perhaps nowhere did press freedom decline more dramatically in 2013 than in polarized Egypt. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Attacks on the Press   |   China

Journalists in Hong Kong and Taiwan Battle Beijing's Influence

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 to buy Taiwan's largest newspaper. (AFP/Mandy Cheng)
Popular protests like this one in Taipei on January 1, 2013, helped derail a plan for a wealthy business tycoon with interests in China to buy Taiwan's largest newspaper. (AFP/Mandy Cheng)

Attacks on the Press   |   China

Attacks on the Press in 2013: China

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 themselves. In September, authorities once again tightened social media controls. Under the new rules, people who posted comments deemed libelous and that were reposted 500 or more times faced defamation charges and up to three years in prison. Subsequently, hundreds of social media users including some journalists were arrested although most were released by the end of 2013. China ranked third on CPJ's annual census of journalists imprisoned around the world, behind only Turkey and Iran. Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist who was given a 10-year prison sentence in 2005, the first high-profile conviction for online activity, was released from prison in August, 15 months before the end of his term. CPJ research has shown that most jailed journalists serve their full sentences. A survey by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China said reporting conditions had worsened over the past year, as the Chinese government "increasingly resorted to threats and intimidation against foreign media."

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