Slash fiction falls victim to China’s latest crackdown on online porn

Alia | April 16th, 2014 - 4:37 pm

China’s is a country where it’s not a crime for a man to rape another man, but illegal for women to write about gay romance.

Why government is the biggest online rumor mill in China

Alia | April 14th, 2014 - 3:32 am
Lanzhou people in line for clean water

China’s crackdown on online rumors looks increasingly like an act of a rumormonger calling, “Stop, rumormonger!”

Chinese netizens strike back amid Internet crackdown

Alia | September 24th, 2013 - 1:38 am
Top county officials in meeting

As China’s Internet crackdown intensifies, netizens decided to fight back, not by pushing for more freedom of speech, but by mobilizing bottom-up anti-corruption investigations.

As Beijing’s online rumor crackdown intensifies, Chinese bloggers seek to “un-verify” themselves

Alia | September 16th, 2013 - 3:49 am

As Beijing’s anti-rumor campaign targeted at celebrity bloggers spins on, more and more verified accounts are seeking to “un-V” themselves in the hopes of keeping off the radar and to get a little bit more room to speak their minds online.

Will the detention of prominent Weibo celebrity Xue Manzi shut China’s “big V” bloggers up?

Alia | August 27th, 2013 - 10:02 pm
Xue's Weibo profile

The arrest of prominent micoblogger Charles Xue is sending a chill through China’s social media world. In response, there are online opinion leaders who withdrew, who showed compliance and who kept on fighting for freedom of speech. But what will Weibo become?

China’s crackdown on online rumors backfired: “Is an ideology clash coming?”

Alia | August 21st, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Will the current crackdown on online rumors be the start of the end of a dynamic social media in China? Many netizens think it’s worse than that. From the Beijing arrest, they see a leftist movement coming.

Egypt’s bloody crackdown reminds Chinese netizens of Tiananmen, but opinions vary

Alia | August 15th, 2013 - 6:23 pm
Egypt version of the tank man

Netizen 共富传记 asked: “Western-style democracy failed to solve Egypt’s problem. How could it solve China’s problem? I don’t think it’d work.”

Peking University to screen students for radical thinking from May – many reminded of 89

Alia | March 29th, 2011 - 4:10 am
peking university

Peking University, the most prestigious university in China famous for its tolerance of open discussion, unveiled a program to offer consultation to 10 categories of “trouble” students. Among the 10 categories, one received particular attention and criticism – radical thinking. The crackdown on radical thinking reminds many of 89.