China’s Mastery of the Internet Keeps Dissent at Bay

China’s Mastery of the Internet Keeps Dissent at Bay
Tens of thousands of people at a candlelight vigil to commemorate victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Hong Kong, June 4, 2016 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss El Salvador’s iron-fisted approach to gangs, the Republic of Congo’s violent crackdown on the opposition, and Turkey’s and South Korea’s diplomatic outreach to Africa. For the Report, journalist Yaqiu Wang joins us to talk about the struggle to keep dissent in China alive in the internet age.


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Relevant Articles on WPR:

El Salvador’s ‘Iron Fist’: Inside Its Unending War on Gangs

Opposition Has No Way Out of Republic of Congo’s Political Violence
Turkey Looks to Play Larger Economic and Security Role in East Africa
South Korea’s Park Pushes Economic and Political Agenda on Africa Visit
Amid Crackdown, China’s Dissidents Fight to Keep the Spirit of Tiananmen Alive

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional Audio Credits:

Al Jazeera English: Fighting for freedom in China
Al Jazeera English: China tightens internet restrictions on its citizens
BBC News: Who is China’s President Xi Jinping?

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