4 May – global protest day

By Vincent Kolo
This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 29 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Noam Chomsky among signatories of worldwide petition launched by Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign

The Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign is planning a day of worldwide protests on Friday 4 May. We urge readers around the world to participate in the protests against increasing political repression in Hong Kong and China. More information and campaign material can be found here. Continue reading “4 May – global protest day”

Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong

By Lam Kwok-lap
This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

A top Chinese official sent out a warning to Hong Kong on Tuesday that Beijing will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy towards anyone advocating independence for the former British colony, a political stance that is seen as a threat to national security. Continue reading “Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong”

Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city

By Tony Cheung
This article first appeared in South China Morning Post on 6 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

Fifth-ranking Politburo Standing Committee member urges Hongkongers to strengthen their sense of national identity, promising more initiatives to help them reap the benefits of the Greater Bay Area project

China’s propaganda tsar on Tuesday warned that Continue reading “Hong Kong independence ideas must be suppressed, top China official Wang Huning warns city”

Why China won’t let people compare Xi Jinping with an imperial predecessor

By Isabella Jackson
This article first appeared in The Conversation on 5 March 2018
Link to original article: HERE

The Chinese Communist Party’s legitimacy is largely based on a supposed contrast between its “enlightened” leadership and the despotism of “Old China”. Any hint that the party is creating a new emperor must therefore be quashed. But the Chinese public know their history, and history is a potent political force Continue reading “Why China won’t let people compare Xi Jinping with an imperial predecessor”

China’s Predictive Policing and “Digital Totalitarianism”

China Digital Times: 

’s Maya Wang warned this week about Chinese authorities’ combination of data from video surveillance, face and license plate recognition, mobile device locations, and official records to identify targets for detention in . The report is the latest of many highlighting intensive Continue reading “China’s Predictive Policing and “Digital Totalitarianism””

Hong Kong’s Debarring of Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Casts Doubt on Poll: Report

RFA: Luisetta Mudie

The removal of elected pro-democracy lawmakers from office and the disqualification of fresh candidates by election officials ahead of Sunday‘s Legislative Council (LegCo) by election in Hong Kong has cast doubt on the legitimacy of the forthcoming poll, a rights group has said.

The “political screening” of Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Debarring of Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Casts Doubt on Poll: Report”

Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature

Reuters:Venus Wu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp failed on Monday to regain some veto power in the city’s legislature in a pivotal by-election, struggling to draw what they hoped would be protest votes against creeping control from Communist Party rulers in Beijing.

The democrats won only two Continue reading “Hong Kong democratic opposition fails to regain veto power in legislature”

A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report

ifex:International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 2 February 2018.

Today, the International Federation of Journalists launches the 10th edition of its annual China Press Freedom Report for 2017, entitled Ten-Year Edition: A Decade of Decline.

The IFJ China Press Freedom project has been the key monitoring and advocacy voice for journalists and media workers in China as well as Continue reading “A Decade of Decline: IFJ launches 10th China Press Freedom Report”

Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report

RFA:Wong Lok-to

The London-based rights group Amnesty International on Thursday raised concerns over continued attacks on Hong Kong’s traditional freedoms, as the ruling Chinese Communist Party takes a more hands-on approach to the former British colony.

“Freedom of expression in Hong Kong came under attack as the Continue reading “Freedom of Expression ‘Under Attack’ in Hong Kong As Democracy Activists Targeted: Report”