7. Discredited

By Yaqiu Wang

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A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing in February, 2016. Authorities have announced a plan to score individuals’ “social credibility.”

(AP/Ng Han Guan)

In what would be a uniquely daunting form of censorship, the Chinese government is making plans to link journalists’ financial credibility to their online posts.

The creation of China’s system of credit scoring, which will be implemented in stages, could result in scenarios in which journalists who write or speak critically of the government face direct, personal financial consequences. Those consequences could be life-altering: ...

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