The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Censorship and Surveillance

电影局:“取消一般题材电影剧本审查”非新规 (New State Council regulations lift full script censorship for films of "ordinary content," post-production censorship remains)
Xinhua News Agency, July 17, 2013

Cut! China snips back some film censorship rules
Reuters, July 17, 2013

See full text of State Council regulations issued on July 11, 2013:

Civil Society

“传知行”遭取缔 公民运动受压制 (Civil society organization, "Transition Institute," shut down by authorities)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2013


王文志并非举报华润董事长宋林第一人 (Xinhua reporter not the first to expose corruption allegations against China Resources Power chairman)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 17, 2013


环保责任终身追究 (CPC Discipline Inspection Commission to consider strengthening government accountability for environmental protection)
21st Century Media, July 18, 20

Freedom of Expression and Privacy

披露李某某隐私,七成人认为合理 (Survey: 70% of respondents support exposing personal details of under-aged suspect accused in high-profile rape case)
Xiaoxiang Chenbao, July 18, 2013


手机稳坐第一上网终端 七成新增网民手机上网 (Internet penetration rate rises to 44.1%, 78.5% of 591 million Internet users connected through mobile phones)
People's Daily, July 18, 2013

China smartphone owners swell number of internet users
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2013

See full report:
第32次《中国互联网络发展状况统计报告》(32nd Statistical Report on Internet Development in China)
China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), July 17, 2013


英媒:中国应停止打压不同意见者 (UK media: China must stop suppressing dissidents)
British Broadcasting Corporation, July 18, 2013

社评:媒体与记者的态度不应是分离的 (Reluctance of media outlets to expose scandals encourages reporters to use Weibo as platform)
Global Times, July 18, 2013

What China’s wrongful convictions mean for legal reform
Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2013

Can China change its economic course?
Washington Post, July 18, 2013