Outside looking in: What increasing restrictions mean for international reporting on China – REGISTER NOW!
Workshops on satellite journalism, open source research about China and a panel debate online and IN BERLIN on the question of the consequences of dwindling access for journalists and researchers
In many countries, governments have tightened state restrictions to make the work of journalists more difficult. This particularly affects reporters working internationally, who in many cases no longer receive journalist visas or are expelled from their reporting areas. The pandemic served as a welcome pretext for governments to restrict press freedom and close borders for independent researchers. In addition, media budgets are shrinking, making it harder for foreign reporting to exist.
„Outside, looking in“ is a conference dealing with the challenges of increasing restrictions and lack of access to China, but also to other parts of the world, where the work of journalists and researchers is in danger. The online conference is organized by journalists.network e.V. and the German-Chinese media network. The event is supported by the Bosch Alumni Center.
Free Webinar: Secrets of Satellites by Nathan Ruser, 18 February, online, 10am-1pm CET / 5-8pm China time
As the Chinese government is increasingly restricting access to reporting on the ground, satellite data can offer journalists opportunities for independent investigations and unique visual storytelling. Satellite images providing evidence for the mass incarceration of the Uighur in Xinjiang is just one powerful example of possibilities satellite data is providing. But what do you need to know, if you want to start using satellite data in your reporting? In this hands-on webinar speaker Nathan Ruser will introduce you to the possibilities and limitations of satellite data. You will learn about best practices, access to satellite data and what mistakes to avoid.
Nathan Ruser is an author at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and focuses on Middle Eastern Affairs and Transnational Terrorism. He is one of the world’s leading analysts of satellite data and documents from Xinjiang.
Afterwards we invite all participants for dinner and drinks in Beijing.
Free Webinar: Open Source Analysis of Chinese Politics by Manoj Kewalramani, February 25, 9am-12pm CET / 4-7pm China time (online and IN BERLIN)
China’s rise is reshaping the global economy and international relations. At the same time, Chinese domestic politics and economic policies are undergoing significant change. All of this is happening at a time when the CCP is increasingly tightening control over access to information for journalists and researchers in and outside China. This webinar will provide you with the tools to understand Chinese political frameworks and the language of the CCP. You will learn to make besser usage of open source information available from outside China to think and report on the country.
Manoj Kewalramani heads the China Studies Programme and is the Chairperson of the Indo-Pacific Research Programme at the Takshashila Institution. He is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before turning to academia, he worked for over a decade as a journalist in both India and China. Since 2020, Kewalramani publishes a daily newsletter translating and analysing discourse from the People’s Daily (link:
Like the discussion event,
the webinar will take place online and IN BERLIN at the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin) at Linienstraße 65a. Between the workshop and the debate, we invite you to a joint lunch in Berlin at 12:30 p.m., from 2:30 p.m. there will be coffee and drinks at the International Alumni Center .
Panel discussion: What increasing restrictions mean for international reporting on China, February 25, 3-4.30pm CET / 10-11.30pm China time (online and IN BERLIN)
Webinar and panel discussion will both take place online and IN BERLIN at the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin) at Linienstraße 65a. Between the workshop and the debate, we invite you to a joint lunch in Berlin at 12:30 p.m., from 2:30 p.m. there will be coffee and drinks at the International Alumni Center .
– Katja Drinhausen, head of program, Merics Institute
– Rune Steenberg, researcher focusing on Uyghurs, XUAR and Central Asia, Palacký University Olomouc
– Lea Sahay, China correspondent, Süddeutsche Zeitung
– Summer Chen, Chief Editor of Taiwan FactCheck Center
Felix Lee from
China.Table will be leading the discussion.
Like the discussion event,
the webinar will take place online and IN BERLIN at the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin) at Linienstraße 65a. Between the workshop and the debate, we invite you to a joint lunch in Berlin at 12:30 p.m., from 2:30 p.m. there will be coffee and drinks at the International Alumni Center.
Registration urgently required
We ask for a binding registration with a note on your own background and your interest in the event to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is February 16, 2023. Registration for a single webinar or just the discussion event is possible. Participants in Beijing and Berlin are invited to a dinner or lunch together. More information will follow upon registration.
„Outside, looking in“ is organized by
journalists.network e.V. in Berlin, an association of journalists dedicated to promoting foreign reporting, and the German-Chinese Media Network. The conference is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation.