The Barbie blues: Workers describe 'awful' conditions at Mattel suppliers

Mattel, the company behind Barbie and many other toys, has come under fire after a labor watch organization denounced working conditions at some of its suppliers’ factories in China. FRANCE 24 spoke to a worker who served as an undercover investigator for China Labor Watch. Read more...


Chinese students get paid to pose as policemen

A massive forced demolition operation took place in Guiyang, in southern China, on October 12. As always in these cases, scores of policemen were deployed. But can you tell the real policemen from the university students in disguise?

Being retweeted more than 500 times can land you in jail in China

Authorities in China have stepped up their efforts to control the Internet. Now, anyone who writes an online message that is deemed defamatory and that is reposted 500 times - or read 5,000 times - risks up to three years in prison. Read more...

Meet Zuola, China’s pioneering citizen journalist

Zuola, 31, has been one of the most influential Chinese bloggers since 2007. In an interview with the FRANCE 24 Observers, he discusses the “citizen reports” for which he is famous and his tricks for getting around government censorship. Read more...

Activist offers sex to alleged rapist to “spare children”

It was a story that sent a shudder throughout China. In May, Chinese media reported that a school’s headmaster had been accused of taking six schoolgirls to a hotel and raping them. In reaction, a feminist activist staged a protest in which she held a sign reading, “Headmaster, get a hotel room with me, and spare the schoolchildren!” Since then, this woman has run into quite a bit of trouble. Read more...