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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 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.
April 13, 2020

Beijing Covered up COVID-19 Once. It Could Happen Again.

By Sarah Cook
China’s political system is designed to cover up failure and exaggerate success. It can’t be trusted on the coronavirus.

March 09, 2020

The World Sees a Public Health Crisis. Beijing Sees a Political Threat.

By Sarah Cook
Amid the coronavirus epidemic, suppression of dissent remains a top priority for the CCP, and the stakes are higher than ever.
January 21, 2020

The Globalization of China’s Media Controls: Key Trends from 2019

By Sarah Cook
The Chinese Communist Party’s international media influence campaign is expanding rapidly—and so is the world’s response.

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.

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