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.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Access to Information (信息公开)

Facebook is trying everything to re-enter China—and it’s not working
The Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2017

Minitrue: Delete report on air pollution deaths
China Digital Times, February 6, 2017

Chinese authorities order overhaul of video site that posted footage of Tiananmen car incident
Hong Kong Free Press, February 6, 2017

上載天安門前車禍短片 「梨視頻」翌日因未取得合資格證明遭勒令整改 (After uploading video of Tiananmen car accident, rectification and reform ordered for website “Pear Video” on grounds of failure to obtain legitimate permit)
Mingpao, February 6, 2017

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China begins prosecution of former senior spy on corruption charges
South China Morning Post, February 7, 2017

We’re really not harvesting executed prisoners’ organs for transplant any more, China insists
South China Morning Post, February 7, 2017

Hong Kong (香港)

大公時評:特首選舉非可由反對派操控的「政治交易」 (Ta Kung Bao commentary: CE election is not a “political deal” manipulated by the opposition)
Mingpao, February 7, 2017

張德江據報指林鄭為中央唯一支持人選 出選人數則不限 (Zhang Dejiang says Carrie Lam is the only choice supported by the Central gov’t while no limit is set for number of candidates, sources say)
Radio Television Hong Kong, February 7, 2017

香港民团发起游行反对林郑月娥参选特首 (Hong Kong civil society protests against Carrie Lam standing for CE)
Radio Free Asia, February 6, 2017

曾俊华公布政纲 重启政改及推行《基本法》23条 (John Tsang releases campaign platform, plans to re-start political reform and pursue legislation for Art. 23 of Basic Law)
Deutsche Welle, February 6, 2017曾俊华公布政綱-重启政改及推行基本法23条/ a-37435539

教局資助教聯出資料冊 指反廿三50萬人因誤解上街 (Education Bureau helps Hong Kong Federation of Educational Workers publish information booklet, says the protest of 500,000 participants in 2003 originated from “misunderstanding”)
Apple Daily, February 7, 2017

C.Y. Leung welcomes John Tsang’s clear stance on enacting national security law in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Free Press, February 7, 2017

Tycoon Xiao Jianhua’s return to mainland a political power play, analysts say
South China Morning Post, February 6, 2017