Thursday, April 30, 2015

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Crackdown on corruption at Chinese environmental risk assessment agencies
South China Morning Post, April 29, 2015
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1779975/crackdown-corruption-chinese-environmental-risk

3 in Guangdong investigated for Party discipline violations
China Daily, April 30. 2015
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-04/30/content_20582869.htm

Eight hospital heads said to be found taking bribes
Caixin, April 29, 2015
http://english.caixin.com/2015-04-29/100805004.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Goldman and IDG put $50 million to work in a Bitcoin company [Note: IDG is a China-based firm]
The New York Times, April 30, 2015
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/business/dealbook/goldman-and-idg-put-50-million-to-work-in-a-bitcoin-company.html

Related:
Under a 2013 notice issued by the People’s Bank of China, Chinese financial institutions are not permitted to use or interact with Bitcoin:
English: https://vip.btcchina.com/page/bocnotice2013
Chinese: http://www.pbc.gov.cn/publish/goutongjiaoliu/524/2013/20131205153156832222251/20131205153156832222251_.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Officials' assurances on reform “conflicting”
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 30, 2015
http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/20150430/news_20150430_56_1096090.htm

陳文敏指政改方案沒回應市民憂慮 (Ex HKU law dean Johannes Chan says political reform package does not respond to citizens’ concerns)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 30, 2015
http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/expressnews/20150430/news_20150430_55_1096119.htm

Related:
李卓人:中央若關心香港內耗 應拆8.31框架 (Pan-dem Lee Cheuk-yan: If Chinese government cares about HK internal friction, August 31 Framework should be dropped)
Radio Television Hong Kong, April 29, 2015
http://rthk.hk/rthk/news/expressnews/20150429/news_20150429_55_1095886.htm

Less than half HK’s residents support electoral reforms
Taipei Times, April 30, 2015
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2015/04/30/2003617161

Hong Kong trips again in global press freedom ranking
Hong Kong Economic Journal, April 30, 2015
http://www.ejinsight.com/20150430-hong-kong-trips-again-in-global-press-freedon-ranking/

Related:
去年撐警集會記者遇襲案 警指無足夠證據檢控 (Police say not enough evidence to charge attackers of journalists during last year’s pro-police event)
Apple Daily, April 29, 2015
http://hk.apple.nextmedia.com/realtime/news/20150429/53687604

Freedom of the Press 2015: Harsh Laws and Violence Drive Global Decline
Freedom House, April 28, 2015
https://freedomhouse.org/article/freedom-press-2015-harsh-laws-and-violence-drive-global-decline#.VUHjVdKqqko

Freedom of the Press 2015
Freedom House, April 28, 2015
https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/FreedomofthePress_2015_FINAL.pdf

Opinion and Editorial (观点和社论)

YCW conversation–legal reform in China
Young China Watchers, April 28, 2015
http://www.youngchinawatchers.com/ycw-conversation-legal-reform-in-china/

Forced disappearances, brutality, and communist China's politics of fear
Vice News, April 28, 2015
https://news.vice.com/article/forced-disappearances-brutality-and-communist-chinas-politics-of-fear