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Charles Rollet

Journalist

Charles Rollet

Freelance business & features journalist

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The odd reality of life under China's all-seeing credit score system

The many curious ways China's "social credit" system is being deployed across the country.
Wired UK Link to Story
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The 'Space Kingdom' of Asgardia Attempts Democracy

The "space kingdom" of Asgardia wants to be much more than just another micronation.
Gizmodo Link to Story
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In China's Far West, Surveillance Companies Cash In

The firms profiting from China's rights abuses are often backed by Western investors.
Foreign Policy Link to Story
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Chinese-Made Cameras Hanging All Over US

I co-wrote a page one WSJ story about a Chinese firm selling cameras across the US.
Wall Street Journal Link to Story
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Tesla Sales Fall to Zero in Hong Kong

How an expired tax break led to a sharp drop in Tesla sales in Hong Kong.
Wall Street Journal Link to Story
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Space Oddity: What Tops the Agenda for a New Space Colony?

My A-hed about the internal squabbles behind the world's first "space nation."
Wall Street Journal Link to Story
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Inside the Abandoned Lair of Russia's Donald Trump

What's left of Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky's crumbling island empire in Cambodia.
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Dispute leads to a beer’s shortage

My exclusive report on what was behind a nationwide shortage of Heineken in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh Post Link to Story
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A Vegan Cafe Was Attacked by Meat-Wielding Neo-Nazis

Around 15 people violently threw meat at patrons of vegan café in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Exclusive: Northwestern student jailed in Qatar

A Northwestern journalism student in Qatar was jailed for 10 days. He says the school refused to help.
The Northwestern Chronicle Link to Story
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Herbalife sees ‘no obstacles’ looking ahead

A detailed feature on Herbalife's expansion into one of Asia's poorest countries.
Phnom Penh Post Link to Story
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Houston, we have a (gambling) problem

I revealed a bizarre and dangerous gambling operation. (Nominated for 2016 SOPA award.)
Phnom Penh Post Link to Story

About

Charles Rollet

I am a freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia covering features, tech, surveillance, and business. I won a Gerald Loeb award in 2018 after contributing to a Wall Street Journal series on China's surveillance state.

I also work as reporter/researcher with IPVM, a publication covering the video surveillance industry.

In 2017 I interned at the Wall Street Journal's Hong Kong bureau and previously worked as a news and business reporter for the Phnom Penh Post from 2014 to 2016.

I have a master's degree in business journalism from NYU.

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Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Reporting
  • InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Photography
  • Social media
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Photoshop
  • Video editing