Category Archives: censorship

Illegal churches: large, and condoned by the government – Ian Johnson

Not registered gatherings of religious believers have been a major force in the growing search for religion in China, but – says author Ian Johnson of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the Atlantic – they have largely been condoned by the government, and Johnson does not believe that might change.

Internet: China’s only public sphere – Kaiser Kuo

The internet in China has become the country’s public sphere, says China watcher Kaiser Kuo, former Baidu communication director, at the Paulson Institute. Despite blocked websites and government control, it is the place where netizens express their opinions and discuss.

Censorship will prevail, even when Facebook enters China – Kaiser Kuo

Mark Zuckerberg caused quite some controversy when plans emerged to censor Facebook to facilitate a possible return for the company to China again. Whether you agree or disagree, the way China censors the internet is more than just blocking a few Western sites, and will not go away, says internet expert Kaiser Kuo in ChinaFile.

A review of the Cultural Revolution – Ian Johnson

Many have been remembering in 2016 the anniversary of both start and finish of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and many scholars used the moment to publish their views on this ground-shattering event in the country´s recent history. Journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao reviews some of the milestones in the troublesome academic research for ChinaFile.

Risk management experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

Foreign companies fear an increasing risk in China, now the government is tightening legal supervision, fighting corruption and banning business practices that were considered to be common up to a year ago. GSK might be one of the high-profile cases in the anti-corruption drive, but no foreign company or industry is not worried about those changes. The China Speakers Bureau can offer a range of experts on risk management in China.

Facebook makes more chance than Google in China – Kaiser Kuo

Western internet companies have a troublesome history in China, but – says internet veteran Kaiser Kuo in the Technology Review – Facebook has a bigger chance to reenter China than Google. “Google is not trusted.”

The monthly trip of Liu Xia – Ian Johnson

Award-winning journalist Ian Johnson reports in ChinaFile on the monthly trip poet Liu Xia makes to visit her husband, Nobel price winner Lui Xiaobo, and her slowly increasing production of new poems. “A small, fragile woman with extremely short-cropped hair that sets off her high cheekbones and bright, wide eyes.”

Linking to firewalled content – or not? Poll

Should we link to firewalled content or not, we asked earlier in the week. At the China Speakers Bureau we have a policy of not linking to content behind any kind of firewall, financial or otherwise, because that would create a barrier for our readers and potential client. But from the reactions we learned tot not all support that policy. It does mean we miss out good content, for example from the Financial Times, and a part of the Wall Street Journal. But many more media try to survive by – what we see as outdated – subscription models to support journalism.

Why Sony and Wanda can make good partners – Ben Cavender

The surprise alliance between makes perfect sense, says retail analyst Ben Cavender to Reuters. Sony gets more access to the huge Chinese movie market, and Wanda to Hollywood. And we might expect more tie-up between Chinese companies and global players.

Facebook faces more than censors in China – Sam Flemming

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has gone to great lenght to appease China´s leadership in an effort to enter the largest internet market again. But, says Sam Flemming, an internet veteran based in Shanghai to Reuters. Local competition might even be a tougher challenge, unlike in the US where Facebook broke new ground.