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.

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?

How a discussion of censorship on Sina Weibo evolved into a discussion of the limit of freedom of speech

Alia | April 2nd, 2013 - 5:11 am

A seemingly pro-censorship Weibo post from Lin Miaoke, a 13-year old child star, ignited heated discussions among Chinese netizens on the limits of freedom of speech. Some even questioned whether minors should be allowed to join Weibo.

Chinese censor to Taiwan: Yes, we don’t have freedom of speech

Alia | February 20th, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Less than 24 hours after Sina Weibo verified that Frank Hsieh, former presidential nominee of Taiwan’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), opened an account, the account has already been deleted. Chinese netizens viewed the move as a major setback in re-unification efforts.

Modern China’s first open war over freedom of speech accelerated

Alia | January 6th, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Whether or not the “Southern Weekly incident” can bring significant change is still unknown, but as of now, the paper is shouting loud to everybody in the country: “It’s war and let’s fight!.”

The wrath of Chinese netizens: Journalist resigned for joking about China’s first woman astronaut

Alia | June 22nd, 2012 - 1:27 am
Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut

Justice done or lack of freedom of speech?