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Marta Cooper

I am a British/Italian freelance writer and blogger interested in the intersection of media and politics, with particular reference to issues of censorship, civil society and social and political reform. I am fascinated by the future of journalism and press freedom in the digital age and the pace of change in emerging markets.

I am currently an editorial assistant at Index on Censorship in London. Since October 2009 I have written about Brazil and China for Global Voices Online, where I sit on the Board of Directors.

From 2009 to 2011 I lived in Shanghai, China, where I studied Mandarin and contributed to Shanghaiist, Shanghai Daily, The China Beat and the China Economic Review. I have also written for openDemocracy.

I have an MSc (Merit) from the London School of Economics in Global Media and Communications, and a 1st Class Honours degree in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies. I speak Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.

Twitter: @martaruco.

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Latest posts by Marta Cooper

United Kingdom: Making Sense of the London Riots

London woke up to a wave of destruction on Tuesday morning, following another night of anarchic rioting and looting. As communities clear the damage and brace themselves for more unrest,...

China: editorial on 2008 earthquake blacked out

China: Facebook's PR strategy

China: Recent Scandals Show Ongoing Battle for Food Safety

A slew of food scandals have occurred in China in recent weeks, highlighting the country's ongoing challenge with maintaining levels of food safety.

China: “the person I most admire has the surname Liu.”

Brazil: President Lula defends WikiLeaks’ Assange

Brazil: President today, blogger tomorrow

Outgoing Brazilian president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) was interviewed for the first time this week by a range of progressive bloggers, an event seen by many as a...

Brazil: President Lula grants blogosphere first-ever interview

China: bridge-blog posts original documentary of rural life

China: thousands gather at site of Shanghai fire

Brazil: five days of cyber-activism to end violence against women

Brazil: Black Awareness Day

Brazil: dreams of competing with China

Brazil: Dilma Rousseff and the ‘currency war’

China: Shanghai fire claims 53, local coverage criticised

Brazil: digital culture forum kicks off in São Paulo

China: fire ravages Shanghai apartment block

China: Ai Weiwei under house arrest

Brazil: online xenophobia targeting north-easterners

China: Shanghai World Expo comes to an end

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