Michael Anti

Journalist

Michael Anti is an influential Chinese journalist and blogger. Once an ardent supporter of the Chinese Communist Party (CPP), Michael’s exposure to the internet led him to become a passionate advocate of freedom of the press. In 2005, his well-known blog on MSN Spaces was deleted by Microsoft under pressure from the Chinese government. In 2011, Michael again became the subject of controversy when his Facebook profile was suspended because of its strict policy against pseudonyms, a policy that Michael argues is harmful to rights activists working online in authoritarian regimes. He is a recipient of the Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge University and the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

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