In China, bloggers push for freer media

Sina Corp's Chinese microblog website "Weibo". Photo: Reuters

A mainland journalist's decision to reveal details of a high-ranking official's wrongdoing in a microblog message rather than publish it in his magazine would appear to be a game-changer.

Thursday, 23 May, 2013, 4:20am

How to delete your digital footprint

How to delete your digital footprint

Wiping away your digital life means erasing traces you have left - the mistakes, the embarrassing photos, the unwise comments and the flawed social media profiles where you have left too much visible.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

Xi's 'top fan' blogger returns to condemn nuclear test

Screen grab of post published by "Fan Club of Learning From Xi."

A popular Chinese blogger – believed by some to be working for Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping – returned to his Sina Weibo microblog on Tuesday to condemn North Korea’s latest nuclear test. He made the post a day after hinting that he may no longer write any more blogs.

13 Feb 2013 - 5:18pm 1 comment

China's bloggers must use real names under proposed law

Many internet users say the proposed law is an attempt to further curb freedom of speech. Photo: AFP

New legislation governing the internet, which officials claim is aimed at combating online vigilantes and privacy breaches, is proving controversial on the mainland because it will require bloggers and bulletin board users to register using their real names.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:15am

Brew & Post

The team behind online fashion collective Brew & Post

Six Hong Kong-based style blogs have joined forces to form an online fashion collective, Brew & Post, hoping to make a lucrative business out of what started as a hobby.

31 Aug 2012 - 2:45pm

'Micro-novelist' Chen Peng blogs about life in Beijing

Chen Peng composes "micro-novels". Photo: Simon Song

In public, Chen Peng blends in as an everyday white-collar worker in Beijing. But in the online jungle that is the Chinese microblogging community, this 25-year-old from the northern province of Shanxi has made a name for himself as a "micro-novelist" - China's equivalent of "Twitter novelists".

26 Aug 2012 - 5:20am

Heirs of the blog

Parents' blogs are often like holiday albums: records of the minutiae of family life and children's experiences, usually of little interest to anyone except the people generating them.

Livelier blogs, however, can attract thousands of visitors daily. But it takes effort to keep things interesting, and popularity brings headaches as well as rewards.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


When is a good time to blog?

I love blogging. Whenever I feel upset or anxious, I write blogs to express my feelings. Once I felt extremely unhappy after arguing with my family, so I blogged about my thoughts. My friends read my updates and posted a lot of comments of support and comfort. Blogs are a great platform for us to share our views and emotions.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Net police in fresh assault on blogs

The mainland's internet police have struck again, closing down or suspending several popular microblogs in the past week as they step up a crackdown on online discussion of politically sensitive issues.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Blogs give us our own voice

Blogging has become a popular trend among teenagers and I think it can be beneficial.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rise & shine

Internet success stories are a dime a dozen. For every Mark Zuckerberg, there's a Rebecca Black. But what's rare in the fashion world, is an internet sensation-turned-model whose success isn't based on looks, but on personality.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Even Hollywood movies cannot compare to this'

Despite the best efforts of censors, the downfall of Bo Xilai and his wife, Gu Kailai, reverberated across the internet yesterday, with stunned bloggers comparing the couple's demise to high drama.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Microbloggers back in action

Microblogging returned to normal on the mainland yesterday morning after an unprecedented three-day clampdown on 'rumour-mongering' via Twitter-like services.

The suspension was lifted on the two biggest microblogging sites, Sina and Tencent, which had been forced to stop their estimated 700 million users from commenting on posts made by others.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Free world of food blogging creates thicket over copyrights, ethics

You can be certain that everything in this food and wine section is accurate and original. With dozens of reporters, editors, sub-editors, and proofreaders combing each article, a major metropolitan daily newspaper has to be precise, lest it face legal action.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A blog ate my homework

Ask any foodie in Hong Kong for a restaurant address and they'll direct you to for its search engine and reviews.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am