Surprising Crackdown on WeChat

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Welcome to the big leagues, WeChat.  For the past year, the mobile chat app WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese, has been the fresh new face in China’s hyperactive social media, stealing millions of members – not to mention mojo – from …

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Everything I Wish I’d Told John Kerry

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On Feb. 15, I had the honor of sitting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and several notable Chinese bloggers to discuss Internet freedom in China. During our meeting in Beijing, I found  Kerry …

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K-Pop, Cat GIFs, and Constitutionalism

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Much ink has been spilled over the Chinese government’s crackdown on online speech. Since September 2013, Chinese authorities have arrested or detained hundreds of microbloggers, some of whom had become famous for posting comments critical of the government on …

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A Chinese State Media Producer’s Bitter Goodbye

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China’s state-run media, often criticized by foreign news organizations for prioritizing propaganda over news, has come under fire from a source once within its own ranks. Wang Qinglei, a well-known producer at the state-run network China Central …

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