Dec 26, 2014

End of the Facebook Revolution

by Leonid Bershidsky

When Facebook has already blocked an announcement inviting Muscovites to attend a January rally in support of an anti-corruption activist, imagine what it would do — or, for all we know, has already done — for the U.S. government.

Nov 29, 2014

China activist pleads innocent in chaotic trial

A leading Chinese rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food, a lawyer said. The case against Yang Maodong, 48, comes amid ...

Nov 27, 2014

Turkish court bans reporting on corruption investigation of ex-ministers

A Turkish court has banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves. Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, has called the corruption scandal this year a plot ...

Chinese professors given chilling warning

| Nov 25, 2014

Chinese professors given chilling warning

Over two weeks, the state-owned Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors “being scornful of China.” During visits to more than 20 schools, the regional paper ...

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

Nov 22, 2014

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

A newspaper published by China’s ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution. The Global Times said in an editorial that Gao Yu is clearly guilty of leaking an internal ...