Free speech, Beijing-style

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: One-party rule is here to stay, but cracks are starting to appear, writes Antony Loewenstein. For anybody thinking of attending the Beijing Games, China this week announced, in Chinese, the rules of the game. Religious or political banners are…

Trouble in the Communist “paradise”

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: The suffering of earthquake victims should not mask the authoritarian tendencies of the ruling elite, writes Antony Loewenstein. The ongoing humanitarian catastrophe after the Sichuan earthquake has revealed a side of China that is rarely glimpsed. After months of…

Earthquakes, Twitter and compassion

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: The horrific Chinese earthquake has focused the world’s attention on human suffering, but censorship issues were never far from the surface, writes Antony Loewenstein. The devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province last week shifted the global focus away from the…

Not too welcoming

Jin Jung-kwon, lecturer in German studies at Chung-Ang University in Seoul: “China seems to have no intention of making the Olympics a festival that people around the world can enjoy together.”

Not getting into the Olympic spirit

I’m working on Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about China and its human rights abuses in the year of the Beijing Olympic Games. Now, Amnesty in the UK has launched the first of a series of videos highlighting the Communist regime’s use of torture:

Human rights, boycotts and nationalism

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: With only 100 days until the Beijing Games, human rights activists are continuing to pressure the Chinese regime and authorities may be starting to feel the pressure, writes Antony Loewenstein. After months of criticism of its human rights record,…

Tibet, Zimbabwe and loving China

My following article appears in the Amnesty International Australia’s Uncensor campaign about human rights in China: The nationalistic genie has escaped the Chinese bottle. Citizens across the world have reacted strongly to the perceived anti-Chinese political and media elite in the West. Protests have mushroomed throughout China against what demonstrators view as a slight against…

Two faces of China

Here’s to a celebration of Chinese human rights: Known among schoolmates for his spirited antics and ability to make light of almost any situation, classroom jokester Wei Xiang, 11, was put to death by the Chinese government for drawing a mustache on an image of Education Minister Zhou Ji in one of his textbooks, sources…