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.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Xinjiang (新疆)

Uighurs in China were target of two-year iOS malware attack - reports
The Guardian, September 2, 2019

Access to Justice (司法公正)

#StandWithHongKong is essentially a crime in mainland China
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, September 3, 2019

Access to Information (信息公开)

China sends local media to cover HK in shift from 2014
Taipei Times, September 3, 2019

駐港公署敦促《紐約時報》停止為反中禍港分子撐腰打氣 (PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hong Kong office accuses New York Times of providing platform for smearing Chinese government, requests it stop “untrue reporting”)
Radio Television Hong Kong, September 3, 2019

China sows disinformation on Hong Kong using porn accounts on Twitter
Quartz, September 3, 2019

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Vancouver’s Hong Kong protesters think they’re being watched. They’re right - but by whom?
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2019

China’s Twitter operation focused on this exiled tycoon before Hong Kong protests
Quartz, September 3, 2019

Government Accountability (政府问责)

習近平:港澳台等工作將越來越複雜 面臨重大鬥爭 (Xi Jinping: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan affairs will become more complex, face important “battle”)
Stand News, September 3, 2019

Nie Yuanzi, whose poster fanned the Cultural Revolution, dies at 98
The New York Times, September 3, 2019

China tells North Korea it wants ’closer communication and cooperation on world stage’
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2019

Zara seeks to distance brand from Hong Kong protest controversy
Agence France-Presse, September 3, 2019

China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu
Quartz, September 2, 2019

Senior Chinese leaders lay down law in southern China amid ongoing protests across Hong Kong border
South China Morning Post, September 2, 2019

Putin sees India and China as Moscow’s partner in multipolar world: Alexander Dugin
The Hindu, September 1, 2019

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Hong Kong protestors are once again using mesh networks to preempt an internet shutdown
Quartz, September 3, 2019

Zao: Popular Chinese app swaps your face with celebrities, but prompts concern about privacy
Independent UK, September 3, 2019

工信部就“ZAO”App网络数据安全问题问询约谈陌陌 (“ZAO” app developer receives talking-to over data security issue)
The Paper, September 4, 2019

Behind the rise of China’s facial-recognition giants
Wired, September 3, 2019

Huawei offers to make source code available to Japanese government: Kyodo
Reuters, September 3, 2019

A Hong Kong protester site says cyber attacks against it piggy-backed off China’s Baidu
Quartz, September 2, 2019

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong leader pulls extradition bill but too little too late, say some
Reuters, September 3, 2019

Hong Kong protests: what is the difference between Carrie Lam suspending and withdrawing the extradition bill
Reuters, September 4, 2019

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive is disheartened, but no successor is in sight
The New York Times, September 3, 2019

Hong Kong protests: read full transcript of Carrie Lam’s leaked ’quitting’ talk
Reuters, September 4, 2019

北京表示继续挺林郑 斥5大诉求是政治恐吓要挟 (Beijing reiterates support for Carrie Lam after leaked speech, says protesters’ five demands are “political blackmail”)
Radio France Internationale, September 3, 2019

【逃犯條例.短片】太子站21歲青年受傷送院 醫管局︰3男送廣華2仍留醫 (21-year-old protester unconscious after police tackle him, officers obstruct first aid despite possible neck trauma)
Ming Pao, September 4, 2019

警截查九巴最少 20 人被捕 在場人士籲被捕人留姓名電話 警員高呼天雨路滑一路好走 (Police stop and search bus, arresting 20, prevent social worker from helping underage protester)
Stand News, September 4, 2019

Watchdog says Hong Kong police ‘targeted journalists’ after night of tear gas and pepper spray in Mong Kok
Hong Kong Free Press, September 3, 2019

Student leader among three more anti-government activists rounded up in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2019

Legal tangle after Chow decision
The Standard, September 4, 2019

Commentary (评论)

How to fight for democracy when the government keeps throwing you in jail
Quartz, September 4, 2019

林鄭閉門錄音,仍然推卸責任(文:呂秉權)(Carrie Lam’s leaked address shows she is still shirking responsibility)
Ming Pao, September 4, 2019

Why everyone should care about what is happening in Hong Kong, despite all the world’s troubles
Hong Kong Free Press, September 3, 2019

Has China forgotten how order was restored to Hong Kong after the 2003 Article 23 national security protests?
South China Morning Post, September 3, 2019

Hong Kong: A high-stakes gamble Xi Jinping is destined to make
Human Rights in China, September 3, 2019