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Review: Censors are still China’s newsmakers

February 1, 2013

Journalists fight for the right to break news - but China’s propaganda machine is far from broken. A recent book shows how and why the news is made. It’s still mostly by the state - and for the state.

Google cyber-complaint is tip of iceberg

January 14, 2010

Coordinated attacks on IT systems are common, yet companies and governments have kept largely silent.

Google’s broken links

January 13, 2010

Google should carry out its threat to withdraw from China. Ditching the world’s biggest group of web surfers makes a powerful statement about free speech – but could be good for business too.

Doubly dysfunctional press hinders China cleanup

November 11, 2013

Arrests of domestic reporters and heavy-handed treatment of foreign news organisations risk leaving China without an effective graft watchdog. Beijing may prefer top-down purges to chaotic exposés, but press curbs carry economic costs. Investors can’t tell fact from factionalism.