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The illegality of everything: China’s new campaign offers rewards for information on ‘illegal content’

December 3, 2018

In a nationwide campaign in China against so-called “illegal content,” Chinese authorities are offering rewards to those who inform on others suspected of reading or speaking about, for instance, foreign newspaper articles or broadcasts about Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Coinciding with the campaign, a series of graphic cartoons were distributed in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, including one of a closed fist smashing into two people marked with the Chinese characters for “black (illegal)” and “evil.” The Dalai Lama is characterized as a leader of such “evil forces” by the Chinese authorities.

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International Campaign for Tibet calls Facebook to account after CEO Zuckerberg hosts visit of Chinese internet censorship chief

January 5, 2015

The International Campaign for Tibet launched a petition on Care2 to Facebook today calling CEO Mark Zuckerberg to account after a video of a self-immolation in Tibet posted by a prominent Tibetan writer was deleted. In another disturbing example last week, the Facebook account of a well-known Chinese writer in exile was blocked after he posted a photograph of a nude protestor.

On December 26, Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser used her Facebook page to post a report and video of a Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in Tibet, Kalsang Yeshi. Within hours, Facebook deleted the post because it allegedly violated the social media giant’s “community standards.” Four days later, Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer who has been based in Berlin for the last four years, was locked out of his Facebook account, after posting photographs of a nude or mostly-nude protester.

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Google decision a “crack in the wall of censorship” that sets new standard

Google’s decision to halt censorship on its search engine in China and its threat to pull out of the Chinese market in response to cyber-attacks that seek to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists sets a new standard for other companies operating in China. A Google blog this morning (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/) announcing the […]

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Chinese blogger says censorship in Tibet will only foster ultra nationalism

In an obvious reference to the ongoing Chinese Government crackdown in Tibet and denial of access to independent media, a Xiamen-based Chinese journalist has come up with his analysis of the development saying censorship will only foster ultra nationalism. Lian Yue, a freelance writer in the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen, writes in his Eighth […]

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New report on media in China

As China becomes a major player in the global economy, the Beijing authorities in Beijing are trying to balance the need for more information with their goal of controlling content as a means to maintain power. A new report by the Council for Foreign Relations says that the growing Chinese demand for information is testing […]

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US Congress to hold hearing on Google’s censorship practices in China

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), who chairs the House International Relations Committee’s Subcomittee on “Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations,” has announced that he is going to hold a hearing on February 16, 2006 to “examine the operating procedures of US internet companies in China.” The immediate cause for the hearing is the report that […]

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