Chinese journalists must now sign a secrecy agreement in order to obtain a press pass. Rumors fly online about military singer Song Zuying. Howard French talks about China in Africa and his new book China’s Second Continent. This and more, today at China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Chinese Hard Candies by See-ming Lee (taken in Beijing)
In today’s news, more on CCTV host Rui Chenggang, detained on graft allegations just hours before his weekly show last Friday; Tibetan activist Woeser describes her house arrest last week; Hong Kong Catholic bishops endorse civil disobedience. This and more from China Digital Times.
Photo of the Day: Like in a miyazaki movie by Delfo (taken in Beijing)
Popular CCTV news anchor Rui Chenggang was detained last Friday, but the media have been ordered to downplay the news, according to a leaked propaganda directive obtained by China Digital Times. This and more China news on our homepage.
Photo of the Day: Human road by Tagosaku (taken at the Great Wall outside Beijing)
#Tumblr user straycatadventures shares this photo of a woman selling tiny cherries, peaches, and lychees on the street. Taken in Xiangyang, Hubei.
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For his latest CDT cartoon, Badiucao comments on the recent news that the photo-sharing app Instagram is missing from Android stores in China, though it is apparently still available from China’s iOS App Store and online. The disappearance comes amidst disruption in service of several foreign apps in China, though it is not yet apparent if it is part of a targeted crackdown or something else, according to Tech in Asia.
In his drawing, Badiucao reimagines the Instagram logo as “Chinstagram,” which is reminiscent of the “Chinternet,” a term used for the censored Internet that is available to users in China.
Chinstagram, by Badiucao for CDT