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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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Milton Este

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Tom Hancock (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Sandy Dechert

Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey ahead of key polls

Ankara - In a tweet, Turkey's president on Friday hit out at the government ban of Twitter, as opposition leaders vowed to mount a legal challenge to the measure that came just days ahead of crucial polls.The popular micro-blogging site, one of several that has...
In the Media by Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

Support strong for open Internet in developing world

Washington - Support is strong across emerging and developing countries for an Internet without government censorship, a US survey showed Wednesday.The Pew Research Center found a majority opposed to government restrictions on online activity in 22 of 24 countries ...
In the Media by AFP

United States on ‘Enemies of the Internet’ list

For the first time ever, the United States has been included in the Reporters Without Borders “Enemies of the Internet” report. Its inclusion places it in a report alongside the regimes in China, Iran, and North Korea.
In the Media by Justin King - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Rape culture article in school paper leads to censorship policy

Fond Du Lac - A Wisconsin school district's decision to require school administrators to approve student newspaper subject matter is taking a lot of heat.
In the Media by Brett Scruton - 1 comment

Russia puts the squeeze on independent media, freedom of speech

A very real fear of censorship has now taken hold in Russia after the federal media watchdog ordered the closing of several major opposition-leaning news sites, as well as the internet sites of prominent Kremlin foes Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Crackdown hits popular China messaging platform WeChat

Shanghai - Chinese Internet giant Tencent has shut several accounts on its popular instant messaging platform WeChat, users said Friday, in what appeared to be part of a broader government crackdown on political content.WeChat -- known as "weixin" or micro-messag...
In the Media by AFP

China cracks down again on popular messaging app WeChat

Chinese authorities have launched another crackdown on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular social messaging app WeChat, closing dozens of popular accounts, media reported on Friday, as China tightens its control of the Internet.
In the Media by Reuters

Op-Ed: NSA chief seeks to end free press

Outgoing National Security Agency boss, Keith Alexander, advocated making it a crime to report on government leaks this week, and said that legislation to accomplish this was coming in weeks.
In the Media by Justin King - 6 comments

Hollywood blockbuster 'Noah' faces ban in Arab world

Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film "Noah" on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures to...
In the Media by Noah Browning (Reuters)

4th Trimester Bodies wants dialogue over Facebook censorship Special

Chicago - Being censored on social media accounts is something those behind the 4th Trimester Bodies Project have grown accustomed to.
Digital Journal Report by Justin King

LinkedIn launches China version despite censorship fears

Beijing - Business networking site LinkedIn has launched a Chinese version, attempting to tap the huge market while navigating a strict censorship regime that has seen other foreign social media giants banned.China has the world's largest online community with m...
In the Media by AFP

Microsoft denies Chinese-language Bing search censorship

San Francisco - Microsoft denied censoring Chinese-language search results across the globe, but the group behind the accusation stood firm."We can emphatically confirm that they are not," Microsoft's senior director of Bing search engine Stefan Weitz said in a blog p...
In the Media by AFP

Microsoft's Bing accused of Chinese-language censorship

Beijing - Microsoft's search engine Bing appears to be heavily censoring its Chinese-language search results across the globe as well as inside China, a cyber-monitoring group said Wednesday.According to the group Greatfire.org, international Chinese-language Bi...
In the Media by AFP

Microsoft denies global censorship of China-related searches

Microsoft Corp denied on Wednesday it was omitting websites from its Bing search engine results for users outside China after a Chinese rights group said the U.S.
In the Media by Paul Carsten (Reuters)

Japan radio host quits, told not to discuss Fukushima disaster

In many countries, the media can sway public opinion on many issues, and if those issues are detrimental to an election, the politicians get nervous. This apparently was the case in Japan this week, when a radio host was asked to change his commentary.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

China orders real name registration for online video uploads

Beijing - The government in China is attempting to tighten controls on public discourse in the nation by requiring users uploading videos to register with their real names.
In the Media by Justin King

China internet breakdown blamed on web address hijack tools

San Francisco - A firm specializing in censorship-evading technology on Wednesday blamed a massive breakdown of China's internet on website address "hijacking" tools used by authorities there.
In the Media by AFP

China blocks The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper's website has been blocked in China without warning or any clear indication as to why. However, some claim they can access the website without any problems.
In the Media by Cameron Christner - 2 comments

Soft porn on CBS? FCC flooded with complaints on '2 Broke Girls'

Jokes about anal sex, girl-on-girl porn and forced fellatio are common on the CBS hit-comedy 2 Broke Girls, and while the show boasts ratings that helped salvage the network’s Monday-night lineup, some viewers have had enough.
In the Media by Angela Atkinson - 16 comments

Op-Ed: British Government blocking websites

We all know that China, Iran and some other governments block access to certain websites, but did you know the British Government does too?
In the Media by Alexander Baron

China bans 'Battlefield 4' over DLC content

The Chinese government has banned the sale of 'Battlefield 4' because of the content featured in the 'China Rising'-DLC.
In the Media by Stan Rezaee - 1 comment

‘Censors at Work’ at the British Library

London - In the New Year there will be three lectures at the British Library on censorship. Admission is free but accommodation is limited.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment
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