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Forbidden Terms Allowed on Major Chinese Search Engine

Guo Hui / September 5, 2014

The Internet censorship apparatus run by the Chinese authorities is notoriously strict—so when there are enormous lapses in what it blocks, especially on the main search engine in China, Baidu, people take notice.

On Sept. 2, Baidu was allowing searches on “quitting the Party,” “the truth on Falun Gong,” “Falun Dafa is good,” and a range of similar terms.

China’s White Paper ‘Unreasonable,’ Says Hong Kong Democracy Leader

Lin Yi / September 5, 2014

When two Beijing professors spoke at a lunch event about their opinions on China’s controversial white paper, Hong Kong Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming stood outside the door to protest.

The white paper, issued on June 10, declares that Hong Kong only has as much independence as the Chinese regime allows it to have. The paper infuriated many Hong Kongers who saw it as a threat to the principle of “one country, two systems” that grants Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy from the rest of China.

Gao Zhisheng, Chinese Rights Lawyer, Freed From Prison

Matthew Robertson / August 7, 2014

After close to five and a half years in detention, some of it in mountain torture chambers, anonymous apartment buildings cut off from his family, and most recently in a remote prison, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, has been released.

China’s Xiaomi Smartphones May Be Spying on You

Epoch Times / August 4, 2014

Kenny Li of Hong Kong forum IMA Mobile was reviewing a smartphone from Xiaomi, when he noticed something odd. The Redmi Note smartphone was continually trying to connect to an IP address in Beijing.

The phone kept trying to make the connection, even after Li turned off Xiaomi’s iCloud-like MiCloud service. He then tried erasing and installing a new version of Android. The problem persisted.

According to Apple Insider, Xiaomi had previously said it would store customer data in China, but only if a user opted in. Xiaomi is headquartered in Beijing.

Former Security Head Zhou Yongkang Investigated in China

Stephen Gregory / August 1, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful figures in the Chinese Communist Party and one of those most responsible for the persecution of the spiritual practice of Falun Gong, is now officially under investigation.

In a brief article published on Tuesday the state-run news agency Xinhua announced that the Central Committee had begun an investigation of Zhou Yongkang for “grave violations of discipline.”

Candlelight Vigil: Silent Remembrance Marks 15 Years of Persecution

Brendon Fallon / July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON DC—Over five hundred gathered for a candlelight vigil on the National Mall on the evening of July 17 in silent support of the tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted for practicing their beliefs in China. Some of those attending the vigil have experienced that persecution first hand.

LinkedIn Connects With Beijing, Censors Falun Gong

Epoch Times / July 5, 2014

LinkedIn confessed in June to having blocked in China information users posted about the Tiananmen Square massacre. Epoch Times has learned the world’s largest social media platform for connecting professionals around the world is also censoring another topic the Chinese regime considers “sensitive”—Falun Gong.

Suman Srinivasan, a senior analyst developer at Goldman Sachs who had previously worked as a Web developer for Epoch Times, received an email from LinkedIn recently saying his profile is no longer viewable in China. It remains visible in the rest of the world.

Hong Kong Votes for Democracy

Lu Chen

HONG KONG—Mostly the elderly turned out to exercise the muscles of democracy in Hong Kong Sunday morning, the third day of an informal referendum aimed at helping determine the territory’s political future. By the end of the day, nearly 700,000 people, of all ages, had voted endorsing universal suffrage, the principle of one person-one vote.

Chinese nationals declare their withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party

Epoch Times / June 7, 2014

Editor’s note: The Epoch Times publishes here direct translations of statements made by Chinese people who have renounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliate youth organizations. Statements such as these are submitted to the Chinese language Epoch Times, Dajiyuan. The movement to renounce, withdraw from, or quit the CCP, called “Tuidang” in Chinese, began in late 2004, soon after the Epoch Times published the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” an editorial series that explores the nature and history of the CCP.

Man Convicted of Spying on Falun Gong in Germany

By Matthew Robertson & Tian Yu 15/06/2011

CELLE, Germany—For the first time a Chinese agent has been convicted of spying on practitioners of Falun Gong, the meditation and spiritual discipline that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1999 vowed to crush. The guilty party, John Zhou, was given a two-year suspended sentence on June 8, along with a hefty fine.

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