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Chinese President Xi Jinping is using harsher and harsher measures to realise his online censorship. Last year, online public opinion became one of the top priority for the Communist Party of China; since then, the government has instituted new sanctions, punishments and debatable precautionary measures in order to influence the digital world and dissuade dissidents from resisting.

According to many international experts, the last twelve months have been the toughest for Chinese internet freedom and rights. Social-media defamation charges have brought numerous bloggers in jail, especially since the government has established state media officials whose public duties include exercising online influence and track down dissidents and troublemakers; Prison terms for defamatory post have been extended up to three years; National media and web companies (such as Tencent Holdings ltd, Alibaba Group Holding ltd, CCTV and People’s Daily) are forced to cooperate with censoring content and report disorderly conducts.

The already serious situation is degenerating: Xi Jinping himself is leading the Internet Security Committee even promoting policies in contrast with Chinese constitution. Furthermore the unpredictable government impositions make people unaware of current regulations, causing severe downsides for investments. For these reasons, international public opinion concludes that Chinese leaders are harshening their fight because conscious of their failure.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Thursday, 28 August 2014

(Source: Bloomberg)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.