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 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”

China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life”

Chinaworker.info

Lifting of presidential term limits plunges China and its autocratic regime into unchartered territory

The news from Beijing is historic – nothing less than a political earthquake with repercussions around the world. At its upcoming “parliamentary session” (the National People’s Congress, NPC, which starts next week), China will remove the two-term limit for the presidency and vice presidency. This confirms Continue reading “China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life””

Swedish bookseller ‘snatched by Chinese agents from train’

The Guardian: Tom Philips

Daughter says Gui Minhai was taken off train as he travelled to Beijing with group of diplomats

A Swedish publisher believed to have been abducted by Chinese agents after riling Beijing with his books about the peccadilloes of the Communist party’s elite has allegedly been snatched for a second time while travelling to Beijing by train with a group of European diplomats. Continue reading “Swedish bookseller ‘snatched by Chinese agents from train’”

China shuts 128,000 ‘harmful’ websites in 2017: state media

Report by SCMP

Announcement comes as the authorities tighten control of content on the internet, amid already routine censorship of the media

China shut as many as 128,000 websites that contained obscene and other “harmful” information in 2017, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported late on Monday, citing government data.

Xinhua said 30.9 million illegal publications were confiscated over the course of the year, while 1,900 people were subject to criminal penalties, according to figures from the national office in charge of combating pornography and illegal publications.

China has been tightening controls over internet content as part of efforts to maintain “social stability”, taking on “vulgar” and pornographic content as well as the unauthorised dissemination of news. Continue reading “China shuts 128,000 ‘harmful’ websites in 2017: state media”

House arrest: Grave violations of human rights in China

China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

New York Times
September 5, 2017

GENEVA — China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

“China’s crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago,” Kenneth Roth, the director of the agency, Human Rights Watch, said in Geneva on Tuesday at the introduction of a report that he described as an international “wake-up call.” “What’s less Continue reading “China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square”