Censorship of ‘Taiwan’ at U.S. University Sparks Concern Over Chinese Influence

The recent removal by a Beijing-backed language school embedded on a university campus in the United States of a reference to the democratic island of Taiwan has sparked concern that Chinese political censorship is compromising freedom of speech far beyond its borders. Journalism award winner Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, who gave a keynote address at Savannah State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, found that an entry on her biography saying she had worked in Taiwan Read More …

Chinese Journalist Held For 'Libel' of Yili Chairman Pan Gang

Activists are calling for the release of a former journalist detained after he penned two short stories about a character strikingly similar to Pan Gang. the chairman of Yili Group, China’s largest dairy producer. Liu Chengkun, a former journalist for state media who runs the financial news service Tianlu Caijing on social media, was detained by police from Inner Mongolia’s regional capital Hohhot on April 2 on suspicion of “libel.” Liu wrote two short stories Read More …

Officials, Police Descend on Beijing NGO as New Law Takes Effect

Authorities in the Chinese capital have cut off the utilities and destroyed the central heating system of a prominent non-governmen organization (NGO) set up to help migrant workers, as a new law came into effect placing foreign-funded NGOs effectively under police control. Officials from Beijing’s Jinzhao township and Picun village led a 50-strong demolition team that included police and urban management officials to the headquarters of Migrant Workers Home on Dec. 29, the group’s leader Read More …

Chinese Police Closely Monitor Event Honoring Exile Tibetan Abbot

Police in southwestern China’s Sichuan province closely monitored the opening of a lavish new residence for the abbot of restive Kirti monastery on Saturday, watching the gathered monks and forbidding any mention on printed invitations of the monastery’s exiled leader, sources said. The four-day event beginning Oct. 15 marks completion of the residence of Kirti Rinpoche, who lives in Dharamsala, India, seat of Tibet’s government in exile, and drew hundreds of participants, a local source Read More …

Tibetan Scholars Gather in Kardze to Debate Buddhist Teachings, Teach Local People

Over a hundred senior Tibetan Buddhist scholars gathered this week at Kardze monastery in southwestern China’s Sichuan province to hold formal debates on a core subject of Buddhist philosophy, the Middle Way, and to instruct laypeople in the fundamentals of their religion, sources in the region said. The senior teachers, or Geshes—many of whom had received advanced religious degrees in monasteries in India and then returned to Tibet—came from about 50 other monasteries in Kardze Read More …