Twitter’s Hiring of China-Linked AI Expert Sparks Concern

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on May 20, 2020 Commentators have been raising concerns over Twitter’s recent hiring of artificial intelligence (AI) star Fei-Fei Li, who has links to the Chinese Communist Party. Twitter appointed Stanford professor and former Google vice president Li to its board as an independent (read more…)

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Chinese parliament approves Hong Kong security law

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Originally published by Guardian on May 28, 2020 China’s legislature has approved a decision to force a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, in an extraordinary and unprecedented move aimed at bringing the semi-autonomous territory further under Beijing’s control. On Thursday, China’s National People’s Congressvoted and passed a draft decision that (read more…)

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One democracy activist’s detention in mental health facility belies China’s legal reforms

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Originally published by RFI on May 28, 2020 China’s National People’s Congress ended on Thursday with the adoption of the first-ever Civil Code and controversial legislation on Hong Kong. But to what extent does China’s lawmaking body, officially presented as an example of “socialist democracy,” defend the citizens of China? (read more…)

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Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law

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Originally published by The Guardian in 28 May 2020 Move paves way for anti-sedition laws that rights advocates say threaten freedoms, as US opposition builds China’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong, dealing what critics have called a “killer blow” to the city’s autonomy and freedoms. Delegates of (read more…)

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Off the property ladder: China clifftop villagers relocated in anti-poverty drive

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Originally published by The Guardian on May 15, 2020 Residents from a famous village perched 800 metres up a cliff are among thousands being relocated by the Chinese government into apartment complexes as part of a national poverty alleviation program. Atulie’er village in Sichuan province drew worldwide fame in 2016 (read more…)

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China’s Unleashing a Propaganda ‘Wolfpack’ on Twitter — Even Though Citizens Go to Jail for Tweeting

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Originally published by Vice News on May 14, 2020  Just before midnight, on Sunday, June 9, last year, Zhang Jialong tweeted a picture of his one-day-old daughter lying in a hospital cot, wrapped in layers of pink. “Every life is precious,” Zhang said. That was Zhang’s final message on Twitter, (read more…)

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A Chinese Citizen Journalist Disappeared 3 Months Ago. His Parents Still Don’t Know If He’s Alive—and Are Afraid to Speak Out

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Originally published by Vice News on May 7, 2020  Around dinner time on Thursday, February 6, Chen Qiushi set out from his hotel near the train station in the Hongshan District of Wuhan to attempt to film at one of the temporary hospitals Chinese authorities had built to cope with (read more…)

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En busca de la investigadora que desapareció en Wuhan

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Originally published by Eleconomista on May 5, 2020 ¿Quién es Huang Yanling?. En la clandestinidad de las redes sociales chinas, perseguidas por la voraz censura de Pekín, esta investigadora del Instituto de Virología de Wuhan (WIV, por sus siglas en inglés), se postula desde comienzos de año como la verdadera (read more…)

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Police Arrest Professor Who Linked Virus to The Chinese Communist Party

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Originally published by Radio Free Asia on May 4, 2020 Authorities in the Chinese capital have formally arrested a retired professor who called COVID-19 a “Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus,” as supporters of the ruling party unleash a political backlash against its critics and the authorities investigate supporters of Wuhan Diary author (read more…)

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Chinese journalist jailed for 15 years for ‘vilifying the Communist Party and government’

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Originally published by CNN on May 1, 2020 Hong Kong (CNN)A former Chinese state media journalist turned anti-corruption bloggerhas been sentenced to 15 years in prison.Chen Jieren was detained in mid-2018 after he published two articles on his personal blog claiming corruption by Hunan party officials. On Thursday, a court in the southern (read more…)

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Chinese journalist jailed for 15 years for criticising Communist Party

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Originally published by The Irish Times on May 1, 2020  A Chinese journalist and anti-corruption blogger has been jailed for 15 years after being accused of criticising the Communist Party through commentaries and investigative reports posted on social media platforms. Chen Jieren has been detained since 2018 after he published two (read more…)

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China jails journalist for ‘picking quarrels’ with Communist Party

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Originally published by Deutsche Welle on May 1, 2020 A Chinese journalist has been jailed for 15 years after being accused of attacking and vilifying the Communist Party, court documents showed. According to a statement posted online from Hunan province’s Guiyang County Court, Chen Jieren was convicted on Thursday for (read more…)

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