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Reports: Google creating a special 'China-compatible' Play Store

Reports have indicated a relaunch of Google's services in China could be imminent. The company is believed to be preparing a special version of the Play Store that will fully comply with the strict Internet regulation in the country.

Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against PM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's government said Thursday it will block access this weekend to websites that disseminate information about a major demonstration that will demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over graft allegations.

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

Bejing - China has ordered 120 songs to be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled "Don't Want to Go to School" and "All Must Die" because they promoted sex, violence or "incited law-breaking", authorities said.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

Five detained over China Uniqlo sex tape: report

Bejing - Chinese police have detained five people including a young couple over a sex tape shot in a Beijing clothing store that went viral in China, media reports said Sunday.

China says spreading sex tape against 'socialist values'

Bejing - Chinese Communist authorities have said the distribution of a sex tape purportedly shot in a fitting room in one of Beijing's trendiest shopping malls is "against socialist core values", after the footage went viral.

Instagram 'deletes account' of Iran revolutionary leader

Tehran - Photosharing service Instagram has deleted an account dedicated to Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just days before the 26th anniversary of his death, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Ben Affleck hid ancestry, appologizes on Facebook

A trailer for "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" starring Ben Affleck was just released. But the actor's appearance on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" is also turning heads. Leaked emails suggest that Affleck asked the show to censor one finding.

Russia pulls Hollywood film set in Stalin era

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday cancelled the release of a Hollywood thriller set in the Stalin era on grounds it distorts history and would be shown as the country celebrates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Istanbul film festival scraps competitions in censorship row

Istanbul - The annual Istanbul Film Festival on Monday announced that it had scrapped all its competitions this year due to a bitter row over a film about Kurdish rebels pulled from the event following intervention by Turkish authorities.

Op-Ed: How Erdogan spins the news and Turkey out of control Special

Islamist Ak Party President Erdogan is spinning the news and Turkey out of control as he grants police more powers; limits freedom of speech, protests, and the press; and arrests those who oppose him.

Turkey lifts ban on Twitter after it removes photos of slain prosecutor

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday blocked access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over the publication of images of a Turkish prosecutor killed by leftist militants during a hostage standoff last week.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Wikipedia filing lawsuit to NSA challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is to take legal action against the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will challenge the government's program of mass surveillance of Internet traffic and suggest that this undermines democracy.

China deletes over 60,000 online accounts ahead of new regulation

Some of China's largest online companies have been forced to delete over 60,000 accounts registered on their services ahead of the upcoming date for the introduction of new censorship and regulation of names used online.

Op-Ed: New censorship rules sending Russia back to the Soviet era

If a film to be shown in Russian movie theaters or on television does not promote the Kremlin's visions of "national unity" or if it "undermines the foundations of the national order," it will be banned, according to a new law soon to go into effect.

MPs brawl as Kenya passes controversial terror law

Nairobi - Kenyan lawmakers on Thursday voted through a tough anti-terror bill amid chaotic scenes in parliament and a brawl between opposition and government MPs.

U.K. lawmakers ban sex acts from domestically-produced porn

Women climaxing, spanking, bondage and other forms of rough sex just got a little harder to come by in the United Kingdom following an amended set of restrictions on which types of pornography U.K. film makers may produce.

Puns are now punishable in China

China has banned the use of wordplay within its borders in all forms of media. No puns, idioms, or other creative uses of language allowed.

Op-Ed: Net neutrality furor — Why the Internet should be a public good

The Internet is the greatest invention in modern decades in terms of education and consumer why are some conservatives upset that the Obama administration wants to preserve Net Neutrality?

Thai junta leader Prayuth wants media blackout for ex PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand’s military junta head Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked the national media to “stop reporting" about former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Moscow threatens to block BBC Russian Service

Moscow - Russia threatened Tuesday to block the website of the BBC's Russian Service because it reported an activist's public appeal to get people to attend a rally mocking Moscow's policy in Ukraine.

Singapore halts destruction of 'pro-gay' children's books

Singapore - Singapore on Friday stopped its national library from destroying two children's books with gay themes following an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.

Dropbox access blocked in China just four months after approval

Dropbox only recently gained approval to provide an online cloud storage solution to the Chinese market earlier this year. Since February early this year, Dropbox has been operating smoothly until yesterday.

LinkedIn censoring posts about Tiananmen Square

Mountain View - In a sign of China's growing international clout and Western corporations' growing willingness to play by Beijing's rules, the popular business networking site LinkedIn is blocking content relating to the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary.

Editor's removal sparks Hungary press freedom protest

Budapest - The sudden termination of a Hungarian editor's contract sparked protests in Budapest Tuesday after allegations he was fired for publishing a story which embarrassed Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government.The owner of the popular Origo.

China blocks Google sites amid Tiananmen security drive

Beijing - Several Google websites have been blocked in China, a monitoring service said Tuesday, as authorities step up arrests and censorship before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

China professor's microblog blocked after Tiananmen post

Beijing - A controversial nationalist professor in China has had his microblog account suspended after he posted a comment about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, in which he took part as a student.

Iran president vetoes WhatsApp ban: reports

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vetoed a plan to ban WhatsApp, following a row over censorship of the popular messaging application, media reports said Wednesday.

Award-winning manga comic upcoming about Fukushima disasters

Japanese manga artist Kazuto Tatsuta worked on the Fukushima Daiichi I nuclear plant cleanup. He had to quit in December 2012, when his radiation exposure neared the annual limit. Kodansha Ltd. is publishing Tatsuta's initial book about his experiences.
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A screengrab of the About page of the self-styled Online Hate Prevention Institute.
Russia is ready to add a new censorship law  banning films not promoting  national unity.
Russia is ready to add a new censorship law, banning films not promoting "national unity."
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The Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris
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A screen capture of the notice sent to the 4th Trimester Bodies Project about the removal of a post.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Fredrick Töben.
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Detail from the Google tool
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Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
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A man protesting Internet censorship
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A screengrab from an e-mail by Dr Fredrick Töben which exposes the censorship of YouTube videos by Zionist hatemongers.
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ERT morning TV show Marilena Katsimi and Kostas Arvanitis
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A Turkish woman reads her freedom declaration to police
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Against internet censorship