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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
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November 19, 2019

China’s Internet Freedom Hit a New Low in 2019, and the World Could Follow

By Sarah Cook and Mai Truong
No user or platform is safe from the leadership’s insatiable appetite for ideological conformity.
September 25, 2019

China Central Television: A Long-standing Weapon in Beijing’s Arsenal of Repression

By Sarah Cook
Part of the station’s mission is to attack designated enemies of the Communist Party.

July 19, 2019

‘In July 1999, the CCP Created Exactly What It Had Feared’

By Sarah Cook
Recollections of the launch of Beijing’s assault on Falun Gong and its impact 20 years later.

June 24, 2019

China’s Long, Hot Summer of Censorship

By Sarah Cook
June has been a terrible month for internet freedom in China. July may be even worse.

May 23, 2019

The Remarkable Survival of Free Thought and Activism in China

By Sarah Cook
The regime’s repressive efforts are increasing, but they are also failing in important ways.
April 26, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party’s Latest Propaganda Target: Young Minds

By Sarah Cook
Indoctrination, censorship, and surveillance are robbing a generation of their right to free thought.

March 26, 2019

Worried About Huawei? Take a Closer Look at Tencent

By Sarah Cook
The Chinese social media giant is a growing global force, and it does the bidding of the Communist Party.
January 26, 2019

Old-Fashioned Thuggery Reinforces China’s High-Tech Censorship

By Sarah Cook
In addition to technological tools, China’s government is using more old-fashioned methods to keep activists silent.

December 15, 2018

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends From 2018

By Sarah Cook
Five key trends in the Chinese Communist Party’s global media campaign.

October 24, 2018

Amid US-China Tension, Beijing’s Propaganda Machine Kicks Into Overdrive

By Sarah Cook
The regime’s recent media interventions may have unintended consequences.

September 25, 2018

Tech Firms Are Boosting China’s Cyber Power

By Sarah Cook
Cooperation with the CCP, often mandatory, carries risks as well as benefits.
April 25, 2018

China’s Ever-Expanding Surveillance State

By Sarah Cook
Recent developments shed light on the phenomenon’s immediate and long-term implications.

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