Blogs and microblogs are the primary sources of independent news in China.
But the government has gradually restricted online discussions of political and social issues. Even popular artists are being targeted. And "the Great Firewall", as it's known, has become better and better at censoring social networks. This spring, for example, censors introduced a real-name registration requirement for microbloggers.
To get a better sense of what it's like to be a blogger in the country, Global Journalist spoke to the co-founder of the annual convention of bloggers in China, Isaac Mao.