"Non news": Restrictions on freedom of speech and media freedoms in China


Thursday 21 June

11:30 - 13:00

Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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Despite significant concerns raised by the international community, the government of the People’s Republic of China exerts extensive control over freedom of expression. This ranges from content management and regulation of tools to access information (e.g., VPNs) to the criminalisation – including harassment, detention and prosecution – of individuals reporting on human rights violations or distributing information that is seen as critical of the Chinese government, Party and President. 

Hosted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), FIDH, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and ISHR, the event will feature stories from activists, their supporters and their families. The panellists will discuss the overall situation of freedom of expression in China and draw attention to different ways that freedoms are suppressed online and off, and in different parts of the country. In addition, ISHR and CPJ will present their joint submission for the UPR of China.


  • Alim Seytoff, Director, RFA Uyghur Service

  • Tibetan human rights defender

  • Sarah M Brooks, International Service for Human Rights

  • David Kaye, Special rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression 

Moderator: Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Mercator Institute Fellow.

Attendance with UNOG pass only.

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