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  1. News - China Insider - ENTERTAINMENT

    Ai Weiwei’s surprise television appearance embarrasses Chinese state broadcaster

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 05:25pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Chinese censors have rushed to delete a video from the website of China Central Television after an embarrassing incident in which the state broadcaster accidentally aired a scene featuring prominent dissident artist Ai Weiwei on a late-night comedy show. The 57-year-old Beijing-based artist has been widely silenced in China for his ...

  2. News - China Insider - CENSORSHIP

    Deleted article on Jimmy Lai sheds light on Chinese censors' media spin

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 09:48am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com An online publication appears to have resumed publishing articles in China after a week of silence that appeared to have been punishment for questioning the party line on media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, one of Beijing’s most outspoken critics. Lai had been portrayed in state media as one of the orchestrators of the demonstrations ...

  3. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Chinese teenager abducted by Islamist militants, say Philippine police

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:55am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Six armed men abducted an 18-year-old Chinese man in the southern Philippines on Thursday evening, local police said, suggesting the kidnappers were Islamist insurgents who fund their struggle with ransom payments. “Most likely, they were Muslim militants,” Police Superintendant Jose Bayani Legados Gucela of the Philippine police’s ...

  4. News - China Insider - EDUCATION

    Chinese writer Cao Baoyin detained by police after alternative school closure

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 02:21pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Cao Baoyin, a well-known Chinese writer and columnist, was detained by police in Nanjing on Tuesday, according to two family friends. The family friends spoke to the South China Morning Post on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the matter. Cao was detained on Tuesday, Zhou Ze, a rights lawyer, confirmed in a Weibo post ...

  5. News - China Insider - CORRUPTION

    Hunan city targets 'hometown clubs' to curb nepotism and favouritism

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 01:36pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com As China’s corruption crackdown is spreading to lower levels of government and cities rush to clean up their act, one town in southern China has attempted to purge age-old institutions that even predate the Communist Party. The municipal administration of Chenzhou, a city in Hunan province bordering Guangdong, has prohibited its employees ...

  6. News - China Insider - Occupy

    Poetry reading for Hong Kong protesters prompts detentions in Beijing

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 05:34pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Police in Beijing detained at least seven people over a poem reading meeting last week in support of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. They are among the dozens of people who have been reportedly detained in China as the country’s online censors mount their largest-scale censorship operations so far this year. Two women and five men, ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    'Off-the-grid' messaging application FireChat continues to ride Occupy boost

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 02:50pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com FireChat, a mobile messaging application that does not rely on data networks or Internet connections to operate, has seen explosive growth in Hong Kong since it became the app of choice last week in the city's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement.  Over the last week, FireChat has been downloaded 460,000 times in the city, according ...

  8. News - China Insider - POLITICS

    TIMELINE: Zhou Yongkang's fall from grace

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:46pm by Patrick Boehler, Erin Hale

    ... Patrick Boehler and Erin Hale Tracing China's disgraced security tsar's career from his ancestral home in Jiangsu to the Zhongnanhai Communist Party leadership compound in Beijing On Tuesday, China announced that former security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for graft, making him officially the target of the country's highest-profile corruption ...

  9. News - China Insider - URBAN PLANNING

    Q&A on segregation in China’s privatised cities

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 12:05pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Researcher Luigi Tomba talks about how China's cities have turned to gated communities to keep their residents in check Large-scale gated communities dominate the landscape of Chinese cities, sprawling into suburbs and around commercial centres. They often bring together tens of thousands of people of similar levels of wealth ...

  10. News - China Insider - MEDIA

    No inch of compromise over Occupy Central in Chinese state media commentaries

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 08:03pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Articles in Chinese state media on Wednesday indicate that the Central leadership in Beijing has no intention of considering giving in to the demands by Hong Kong demonstrators and allow genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017. A commentary in the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s leading newspaper, on Wednesday ...




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