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, January 30, 2018

Access to Information (信息公开)

工信部:中国VPN政策不影响用户信息安全,通信自由受保护 (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology claims China’s VPN policy doesn’t affect information safety of users and protects their freedom to communicate)
The Paper, January 30, 2018

北京市网信办依法约谈新浪微博 热搜榜、热门话题榜等版块暂时下线整改 (Beijing Internet Information Office summons Sina Weibo for talk, suspends “Hot Topic Search List,” “Hot Topic List,” and other functions for “rectification”)
Cyberspace Administration of China, January 27, 2018

China tightens screws on social media, taking aim at rap, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip
Agence France-Presse, January 29, 2018