China now requires face scans to sign up for phone service
China is as determined as ever to link real identities to the digital world. As of December 1st, anyone signing up for a new cellphone or cellular data contract is required to not only show their national ID card, but submit to a face scan to verify that identity. It's ostensibly meant to reduce fraud, but it also reduces your ability to use phone services in an anonymous way -- it'll be that much easier for the Chinese government to silence dissenters.There are privacy issues beyond that, too.
Turkey has imprisoned more journalists for crimes against the state than any other country this year, according to a report released Thursday by the In China , 47 journalists were jailed this year as Beijing escalated its persecution of the Uighur ethnic minority, roughly 1 million of whom now reside in
At least 47 journalists were jailed in China at the time of CPJ ’s 2018 prison census and I am investigating at least a Reporting on China 's harassment of journalists has never been easy. Lately it's been getting much harder, which suggests that conditions for the press could be worsening.
Dec 11 (Reuters) - China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists report said on Wednesday.
At least 250 journalists were imprisoned worldwide this year, according to the report, which the committee compiles annually. The total last year was 255, said the report by the New York-based CPJ.
China's total rose by one since last year. The report noted that "the number has steadily increased since President Xi Jinping consolidated political control of the country."
China implements mandatory face scans for mobile phone users, report says
The new mandate went into effect on Sunday.A notice about the change from the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology went out in September, according to a Sunday report from AFP. The notice, obtained by AFP, said that telecom operators should use "artificial intelligence and other technical means" to verify a person's identity when they get a new number. In addition, the notice said the ministry will continue to "increase supervision and inspection.
Imprisoned . Missing. Most Censored Countries . Journalists attacked in China since 1992. Taipei, October 2, 2019 -- Hong Kong authorities should drop all charges against journalist Pang Pui Yin and cease harassing journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said
More than 250 journalists are behind bars for the third consecutive year and the CPJ said that an CPJ said that those countries (and others such as Saudi Arabia) are experiencing a wave of The vast majority of imprisoned journalists are facing anti state charges such as belonging to or aiding
"A crackdown in Xinjiang province - where a million members of Muslim ethnic groups have been sent to internment camps - has led to the arrests of dozens of journalists, including some apparently jailed for journalistic activity years earlier," the report said.
Turkey imprisoned 47 journalists in 2019, down from 68 last year. Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both with 26; Eritrea with 16; Vietnam, with 12; and Iran with 11 were the next-most oppressive countries for journalists, the report said.
It noted that "authoritarianism, instability, and protests" this year had led to an increase in the number of journalists imprisoned in the Middle East.
About 8% of those imprisoned globally are women, down from 13% last year, the report said. Politics, human rights and corruption were the subjects most likely to land journalists in jail, it said.
The report is a snapshot of the journalists imprisoned on Dec. 1 each year, the committee said. It does not include those who have been released earlier or journalists taken by non-state entities such as militant groups.
(Reporting by Gerry Doyle; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
China, Turkey top annual list of world’s worst jailers of journalists: Watchdog .
China and Turkey were the world’s most prolific jailers of journalists in 2019, according to the press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists.The report, described as “a snapshot of those incarcerated at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2019,” found at least 250 journalists imprisoned around the world in relation to their work, including at least 48 journalists jailed in China and at least 47 journalists jailed in Turkey. The report also identified Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Eritrea, Vietnam and Iran as particularly repressive media environments.