Showing posts from September, 2016

China Announces "Human Rights Action Plan," Baidu Still Bans Forums on "Human Rights"

On September 29, 2016, China’s official news agency Xinhua published a report entitled “ China Publishes New Action Plan on Human Rights .” Some excerpts: The Chinese government on Thursday published its third national action plan on human rights protection, addressing challenges and promising to improve people's standard of living and quality of life. The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020), released by the State Council Information Office (SCIO), follows the previous two which covered 2009-2010 and 2012-2015 periods. From the section of the Action Plan entitled “ Rights of Expression and Supervision ”: Services shall be further improved for netizens to express their opinions, and great store shall be set on social sentiments and public opinions as expressed on the Internet. These screenshots were taken on September 30, 2016, and show that Baidu continues to ban users from establishing PostBar (Tieba 贴吧) forums on the topic of “Human Rights” (人权), “freedo

Photo of Weeping Wife of Jailed Chinese Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Disappears From Sina Weibo

Also from this blog: Sina Weibo Begins Censoring Names of Lawyers Wang Yu and Li Heping   Sina Weibo Censors "Lawyer Chang Boyang" and "Lawyer Jiang Tianyong"     Chinese Police "Smash" "Criminal Gang" of "Rights Defense" Lawyers For "Hyping"   Baidu Censors "Attorney Wang Yu" - Lawyer Detained for "Hyping Up" "Sensitive Incidents"   Baidu Censorship Promotes Government Articles Smearing "Rights Defense" Lawyer Wang Yu Baidu and Sina Censor Discussion About Trial of "709" Lawyers Labeled by State Media as "Transparent"   On July 13, 2015, the state sponsored China Daily published an article entitled “ Lawyers ‘Tried to Influence Verdicts’ .” Some excerpts: A group suspected of disturbing public order and making profits by illegally hiring protesters in an attempt to influence court decisions has been broken up, the top public security authority said.

Posts About Wukan Deleted From Baidu's PostBar Forum

 Also from this blog: Baidu, Sina, Tencent Search Results for "Xu Jinbo" - Man Who Died in Police Custody   Sina and Tencent Censor "Wukan" on Their Weibos     Tencent's Tribute to Dissent Gets Deleted, Censored on Weibos On September 15, 2016, the state sponsored Global Times published an editorial entitled “ Foreign Media Fails to Trick Wukan Villagers on Rumor .” Some excerpts: After police in Lufeng, a city in South China’s Guangdong Province that oversees Wukan Village, arrested 13 people on Tuesday morning at the village for disrupting public order and inciting illegal assemblies, life began to return to normal. . . . . Some foreign media sent their reporters to the village to wait for conflicts between police and villagers to happen right after they heard about the Wukan incident. Unfortunately, they waited for nothing in the end. The local government chose to avoid conflicts and confrontations. Even though some foreign media have been unscru

Courts Hold Referring to Historical Nihilists as "Sons of Bitches" is Not Defamatory

Also from this Blog: Baidu Censors Diary of Du Daozheng - Former Head of China's Book Censorship Agency   Baidu and Sina Censor Information About Yanhuang Chunqiu Magazine and Former Editor Du Daozheng In its November 2013 edition the journal Yanhuang Chunqiu (炎黄春秋) published an article entitled “Inconsistent Details in the 'Five Heroes of Wolf Tooth Mountain” ( 狼牙山五壮士”的细节分歧 ). The article was authored by Hong Zhenkuai (洪振快) and edited by Huang Zhong (黄钟). Some excerpts: Article as it appeared on Yanhuang Chunqiu Website The story of the "Five Heroes of Wolf Tooth Mountain" is a famous one, and because it has been included in grade school literature textbooks for decades, on could say that it is known to all. The official version of the story can seen in this representative account published by Xinhua Beijing on June 16, 2005 and on the following day in the People's Daily: In August 1941, the invading Japanese army assembled a force of over 70,000

On Eve of G20 Sina Weibo Censors "G20 Disturbs the People"

On August 31, 2016, the state sponsored Global Times published an article entitled “ China’s Global Role Acknowledged at G20 .” Some excerpts: The 11th G20 Summit is one of the most significant in the 17-year history of this multilateral economic forum. . . . . Additionally, the organization of the G20 Summit in a Chinese city, Hangzhou, for the first time is itself an important development. China is the world major growth engine and certainly deserves the opportunity to host this leading event. In spite of some malicious Western media criticism about overspending, Hangzhou is ready to undertake this responsibility and the largest part of its residents are happy with this international initiative. The following day the Global Times published a series of photos like the one below showing how people in China were “rolling out the welcome mat in a variety of creative ways.”  These screenshots show that on September 1, 2016 Sina Weibo began censoring search results for “The G20 D