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Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook is Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan at Freedom House.

She directs the China Media Bulletin, a monthly digest in English and Chinese providing news and analysis on media freedom developments related to China.  Cook is also the author of several Asian country reports for Freedom House’s annual publications, as well as four special reports about China: Beijing’s Global Megaphone (2020), The Battle for China’s Spirit (2017), The Politburo’s Predicament (2015), and The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (2013). Her comments and writings have appeared on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Follow her on Twitter @Sarah_G_Cook.

Posts by Sarah Cook
October 12, 2021

On Internet Freedom, China and Taiwan Are Worlds Apart

By Sarah Cook and Allie Funk
One is ranked as the most oppressive digital environment. The other is among the freest.

June 29, 2021

Reading Between the Lines of the CCP’s Centennial Propaganda Blitz

By Sarah Cook
Troop deployments, censorship, and exhaustive promotion point to a deep uncertainty about the party’s future.
May 25, 2021

The Gutting of Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster

By Sarah Cook
A government takeover of Radio Television Hong Kong has far-reaching implications.

March 30, 2021

Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media

By Sarah Cook
Its networks are resisting takedown efforts and gaining traction among real users.

February 22, 2021

The Clubhouse Affair: A Stark Reminder of China’s Information Isolation

By Sarah Cook
A brief opening on an audio conversation app allowed Chinese users to speak freely with the outside world.

January 27, 2021

Beijing’s Crackdown Runs Into Hong Kong’s Rule of Law

By Sarah Cook
Pushback against politically motivated prosecutions is emerging from lawyers, judges, and the principles of Hong Kong’s common law system itself.
December 10, 2020

5 Predictions for Beijing’s Assault on Internet Freedom in 2021

By Sarah Cook
The events of the past year point to several censorship patterns that will likely gain prominence in the months to come.

November 09, 2020

Recent Wins and Defeats for the CCP’s Global Media Influence Campaign

By Sarah Cook
Some tactics have been productive, but others are fueling a backlash.

October 09, 2020

Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China

By Sarah Cook
Recent party purges suggest ebbing confidence in the all-powerful chairman.

July 13, 2020

Through Hong Kong, Beijing Channels Its Repression to the World

By Sarah Cook
Individuals and institutions are scrambling to adapt to the Chinese Communist Party’s growing extraterritorial reach.

June 18, 2020

China’s Media Influence Has Gone Global. So Has the Pushback.

By Sarah Cook
Beijing's campaign to control narratives about China the world over is attracting more attention -- and opposition.
May 11, 2020

Welcome to the New Era of Chinese Government Disinformation

By Sarah Cook
The coronavirus fallout is hastening Beijing’s shift toward covert, Russian-style tactics.

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