The re-education through labour system (known in Chinese as laojiao) is a form of punishment with “Chinese characteristics”. It can be handed down without a trial or prosecution and defence.
Early one summer morning in August, travelling from Golmud to Lhasa on the Qinghai-Tibet Highway, we came across the first checkpoint.
Recently released from detention, the artist Zhao Zhao is channelling his experience into his work.
When Yang Jisheng’s father died from starvation in 1959, he thought it was an isolated tragedy. Years later, he learned the truth about the Great Famine.
Zhu Rikun, a leading light of independent Chinese film, on its troubled future.
Chinese media organizations are riddled with informers who report directly to the government – only a minority of journalists are brave enough to fight the system.
The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all.
Chen Guangcheng was forced to flee China in May after years of persecution. His advocacy on behalf of women and the poor in the face of China’s one-child policy has made him an enemy of the state.
The Chinese authorities have tried to erase Ai Weiwei’s identity from the internet. In revenge, he has made himself into an icon of subversion. Meet our next guest editor...