President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is praised in many countries as a reflection of a "new hope" in world politics, but others worry it came too soon. A global roundup of views.
A Beijing firm known for defending famous activists is told to close. Attorneys elsewhere have been detained or tried.
Freedoms have improved tremendously in the past 25 years, but Chinese people today face plenty of red lines.
Hu Jia, known internationally for his criticism of China's ruling Communist Party, was given a 3-1/2 year jail sentence Thursday.
As Olympic torch relay gets under way, officials are keenly attune to the face China presents to the world.
It takes the country off the list of worst human rights offenders but still notes serious concerns.
He was detained for writing that 'subverted the state.'