Minitrue: Work Reports on Zhou Yongkang Coverage
After months of wait and speculation, a corruption investigation into retired domestic security chief and once China’s 9th most powerful man was officially announced yesterday. CDT’s earlier roundup of initial coverage shows state media closely following the above propaganda instructions. China Real Time’s Te-Ping Chen surveyed newspapers’ handling of the news in Wednesday morning’s editions:
China trial of Uighur scholar within weeks, imam reported killed
Tohti, who teaches at Beijing's Minzu University, which specializes in ethnic minority studies, has said he never associated with any terrorist organization or foreign-based group and has "relied only on pen and paper to diplomatically request" human rights and legal rights for Uighurs.
China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism
Before he was seized at his home in Beijing, Tohti was a rare voice for Uighur dissatisfaction within China. Beijing says it respects local identity and has invested heavily in the region to boost living standards, but many in the Muslim Uighur community are unhappy at cultural and religious restrictions, Han migration and development that they believe has benefited others more than them. Han Chinese make up almost 92% of the country's population.
Xinjiang: Tight security after deadly violence
They also reported internet and social media services were cut. Separately, a leading Uighur scholar has been formally charged with separatism.
Chinese Forced Sterilization Couple Wins Asylum in U.S.
In a quiet voice which still sounds haunted in spite of the family's recent good news, Hu said he hadn't been home for many years, and had been forced to make a living as an itinerant laborer to stay one step ahead of the authorities.
Xiao Guozhen:Li Huaping-A Child of Freedom
“Are you ready?” He asked himself in an article (Chinese) posted on July 27. “I am ready,” he answered himself calmly. “Face the disappearance that could come upon me any time with ease; with even more ease face the trial of conscience that surely awaits. What do I fear? The trial of conscience turns these crimes into laurels.”
China Removes Crosses From Two More Churches in Crackdown
On Monday, public security officials in the city of Wenzhou used a crane and blowtorch to cut loose the red, 10-foot crucifix that had adorned the Longgang Township Gratitude Church, witnesses said. Unlike in previous confrontations between the police and parishioners that have unfolded in recent months, the congregants did not offer resistance.
‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’
Launched in July 2012 as a news curation and blog site, The House News grew to become one of the most popular online media outlets in Hong Kong, ranking 57 in traffic from Hong Kong on Alexa with 300,000 unique visitors per day. Yet over the past two years, the news platform failed to attract enough advertisers to keep afloat.
Bloggers reboot democracy site
However, it's schedule was reduced from five days a week to once per week. In January, Apple Daily revealed that its advertisements had been pulled because of its political stance. Apple Daily's budget fell by 5 percent and House News lost its major funding.
HK’s House News Closes Citing Political Pressure
In a letter posted on the website’s front page, Tony Tsoi Tung-ho, said he and his family had been increasingly influenced by the spreading “white terror” in society, as a number of democracy advocates had been followed, had their past investigated and been smeared.
China’s Response to the MH17 Tragedy? Condemn the West
The same day, the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party-linked daily that can be counted on for nationalist commentary, did at least mention such a possibility — if only to decry Western governments’ speculation that Russia may have aided and abetted the rebels’ cause:
MP Early Day Motions : Release Of Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Mr Zhisheng should be released on 22 August 2014; and calls for the timely and unconditional release of Mr Zhisheng without any further restrictions on his personal freedoms.

ARRESTS, CENSORSHIP AND PROPAGANDA MARK EXPANDING GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF INFORMATION
“This conviction, following an unjust trial, shows officials’ determination to muzzle all critical voices,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The action also shows authorities’ sense of weakness in the face of a growing numbers of netizens and whistleblowers. Party officials, and the political and government elite in general, feel themselves under constant threat from bloggers’ asserting freedom of speech and the right to criticize.”
China's Complaints Law 'Meaningless' Without Constitutional Government
China's Administrative Procedure Law was passed during an era of relative political openness, the late 1980s, and commanded wide support among intellectuals who believed it could help hold an increasingly corrupt government to account.
Concerns Grow Over China's Confucius Institutes
Confucius Institutes may appear at first glance to resemble the British Council, the Goethe Institut or the Alliance Franςaise, but their potential threat to academic freedom lies specifically in the fact that they base themselves out of universities, the AAUP said.
China's One-Child Policy 'Reform' Won't End Abuses: US Group
Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of California-based Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said Beijing’s move allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child under a so-called reform of the one-child policy “is not going to end gendercide,” the voluntary sex-selective abortion of baby girls
Chinese Blogger Jailed on 'Illegal Business' Charges
Dong Rubin, a businessman and blogger with 50,000 followers online, was convicted of “fabricating and spreading online rumors for economic gain” and of conducting “illegal business operations” by a court in the Wuhua district of Yunnan’s capital city Kunming, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Li Huaping Indictment
The Hefei Municipal Public Security Bureau Shushan Branch conducted and completed an investigation on this case, and transferred it to this Procuratorate on November 18, 2013, for review for the indictment of defendant Li Huaping on suspicion of the crime of gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.
Critical Chinese blogger given six-year prison term
A Wuhua district court in the southwestern Yunnan province convicted Dong of conducting "illegal business operations" and "fabricating and spreading online rumors for economic gain," according to news reports. He was given a six-and-a-half-year prison term and fined 350,000 yuan (US$56,000). Hou Peng, the general manager of Dong's Internet consulting company, was sentenced to three years in jail and ordered to pay 50,000 yuan (US$8,000), reports said. The Associated Press reported that Hou received a reprieve from his prison sentence.
For China's Newly Rich, The More Endangered, The Better
China is one of the world's largest consumers of wildlife products, from elephant ivory and shark fin to tiger bone and rhino horn, and animal rights groups have long campaigned to stop the trade in endangered animal parts, both online and offline.
Shanghai Petitioners' Champion Turns Petitioner Himself
This treatment prompted Feng to lodge official complaints with three state prosecution offices, naming police officers from the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau along with its Yangpu District Branch and Wujiaochang Substations, and accusing them of breaking the law.
Journalist Fired Over Work for Hong Kong Website
Orville Schell and David Schlesinger commented on recent restrictions in a previously featured ChinaFile conversation last week. Rogier Creemers and Wen Yunchao have since joined the discussion. Wen describes the development of friction between commercial media including the Southern Media Group and the authorities, while Creemers explores the triggers for the recent tightening of control:
UNIDENTIFIED MEN ATTACK DISSIDENT BLOGGER NEAR HIS PARKED CAR
Are the Chinese authorities resorting to violence in the absence of valid arguments? Hu sustained injuries to the head and abdomen in the attack, which he immediately reported at a nearby police station. The police registered his complaint but no arrests have been made.
It’s Another Perfect Day in Tibet!
The ruse is not an isolated one. In recent days, Free Tibet, an advocacy group based in London, has identified nearly 100 similar sham accounts whose sole purpose appears to be disseminating upbeat news and treacly stories about Tibet and Xinjiang, the region in far-western China whose native Uighurs, like the Tibetans, have bridled under Beijing’s heavy-handed rule.
MURONG XUECUN: Inside a Beijing Interrogation Room
I had to wait for officers from the guobao, which is part of China’s secret police force. The guobao is rarely mentioned in news reports, and few people know the details of its budget and structure. It is everywhere, it is all-powerful, and it can make people suffer at any time. For Chinese dissidents, guobao means nightmare.
Interview: 'There Are Segregated HIV/AIDS Prisons Across China'
Recent reports said that a jail in Jiangsu has set aside a special area for the detention of HIV-position prisoners. There were other reports that said that of some 20 petty criminals arrested in Nanjing, half were already infected with AIDS. This shows that the problem of AIDS among convicted criminals is extremely serious.
Daughter of Jailed Chinese Pastor in US to Highlight Plight of Father's Church
"Our family has come here to raise awareness of the deteriorating situation of religious freedom in Nanle County, Henan, and in China," Zhang Yunyun told ChinaAid.
Chinese police clash with protesters over cross removal
Dozens of churches in the wealthy province of Zhejiang have received government notices in the past few weeks demanding the demolition of church buildings or removal of crosses in what the government says is a campaign aimed at illegal structures, the U.S.-based Christian group ChinaAid says.
What it’s like to be interrogated by the Chinese secret police
He was asked to come to the police station “for a chat” by the guobao after reading an essay at a private commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Others who had contributed had been arrested already. And so Murong voluntarily attended the meeting and found himself in a shoe-print-covered room discussing the nature of the law with two officers.
A ChinaFile Conversation:How to Read China’s New Press Restrictions
For much of the last two and a half decades, Chinese journalists have been pushing the boundaries—many going into grey areas, others stepping boldly into danger zones, others yet going into forbidden areas and getting punished for it. Chinese journalism, both domestic and international, is much the better for this bravery.