Register now: What increasing restrictions mean for international reporting – and possible solutions

Workshops on satellite journalism, open source research 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 e.V. and the German-Chinese media network. The event is supported by the Bosch Alumni Center.

Free Webinar: Open Source Analysis of Chinese Politics by Manoj Kewalramani, February 25, 4-7pm China time (online)

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:

Free Webinar: Secrets of Satellites by Nathan Ruser, 18 February, online, 10 am CET

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.

Panel discussion: What increasing restrictions mean for China experts – and possible solutions

with leading China experts from the field of journalism and China studies will focus on the challenges of growing restrictions and the lack of access and exchange with Chinese experts, media and friends in the country. Speakers are:

  • Summer Chen, Chief Editor of Taiwan FactCheck Center
  • Rune Steenberg, researcher focusing on Uyghurs, XUAR and Central Asia, Palacký University Olomouc
  • Katja Drinhausen, head of program, Merics Institute
  • Lea Sahay, China correspondent, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Felix Lee from China.Table will be leading the discussion.

The event will take place online and IN BERLIN. From 12.30 pm we invite you to lunch together in Berlin, from 3 p.m. Berliners are invited to watch the discussion together at the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin) at Linienstraße 65a. Coffee and drinks will be available from 2:30 pm.

Registration urgently required

We ask for a binding registration with a note on your own background and your interest in the event to The registration deadline is February 12, 2023. Registration for a single webinar or just the discussion event is possible. Participants in Beijing and Berlin are invited to an evening or lunch together. More information will follow upon registration.

Outside, looking in is organized by 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.