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Second academic journal pressed to censor China content

Bejing - A second academic journal has received requests to censor content in China, following an international outcry after Cambridge University Press temporarily agreed to block sensitive articles from another publication under pressure from Beijing.

Iran in talks to unblock Twitter, says new minister

Tehran - Iran's new communications minister said Tuesday that negotiations were underway with Twitter to unblock the service, which has been banned for years despite being used even by the country's supreme leader.

Apple removes some VPN services from Chinese app store

Bejing - Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its app store in the country, the company confirmed Sunday, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's tightening web censorship.

S. Korea former presidential aide jailed over artist blacklist

Seoul - A top aide close to South Korea's disgraced former president was sentenced to three years Thursday for blacklisting nearly 10,000 artists seen as critical of Park Geun-Hye's government.

Russians march against state internet crackdown

Moscow - Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.

'Oh, bother': Chinese censors can't bear Winnie the Pooh

Bejing - Has Winnie the Pooh done something to anger China's censors? Some mentions of the lovable but dimwitted bear with a weakness for "hunny" have been blocked on Chinese social networks.

Chinese censors scrub emoji tributes to Nobel winner

Bejing - China's censors raced Friday to scrub social media networks of candles, RIP and other tributes to Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo as they seek to silence discussion about the prominent dissident's death.

Indian censors want 'cow', 'Hindu' beeped in film

New Delhi - Indian censors have refused to certify a documentary film featuring Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen unless words like "cow" and "Hindu India" are beeped out, the director said Wednesday, in the latest dispute involving the sensitive film boar...

China to ban consumer VPNs, force businesses to sign a register

China has announced it is banning all consumer VPNs and has told state-owned telecoms operators to prevent their customers from accessing them. Enterprises that are reliant on the use of VPNs will be required to formally register with the government.

'Goodbye, Putin': Caustic comments barge in on leader's show

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday began his annual televised phone-in show with the usual choreographed fanfare, but viewers also got to see a handful of uncensored -- and awkward -- questions flitting across the screen.

'Parthenon of Books' — monumental artwork protests censorship

Kassel - It looks like the monumental temple standing imposingly at the Acropolis in Athens. But this replica in central Germany is not built with marble, but books that have been or remain banned.

Israel minister says state won't fund shows with nudity

Jerusalem - Israel's outspoken culture minister is threatening to withhold funding from two productions showing at a top festival because they contain nudity, provoking mockery and claims of censorship.

Lost in translation: Russian TV cuts Putin mention from hit US show

Moscow - Russia's state-controlled Channel One is airing the hit US series "Fargo" with a twist: mentions of President Vladimir Putin have apparently been excised from the dubbed Russian translation.

Blank space replaces NY Times article criticising Pakistani army

Islamabad - An International New York Times opinion piece criticising the powerful Pakistani army was censored by its local publisher Friday, replaced by a blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to speak out against the military establishment.

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia

China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year, hoping to build a "cultural Great Wall" that can rival Wikipedia as a go-to information source for Chinese Internet users who Beijing fears are being corrupted by foreign influences.

Noiszy interview: How a browser plugin masks your digital tracks Special

Noiszy is a new browser plugin that masks your tracks with digital noise. It's one of a new breed of tools that let you resist online tracking and break the filter bubble. In this interview, its creator speaks to Digital Journal about the need for Noiszy.

Disney shelves 'Beauty and the Beast' in Malaysia after cuts

Kuala Lumpur - Disney has indefinitely postponed the opening of its film "Beauty and the Beast" in Malaysia after censors in the Muslim-majority nation reportedly cut out a "gay moment" in the movie.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

Spectre of censorship haunts S. Korea artists

Seoul - When a documentary opened on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out -- but it played to half-empty cinemas.

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

Bejing - China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger.

Russia wages 'war' on internet by jailing users: rights group

Moscow - A prominent Russian rights advocacy group on Tuesday warned of a crackdown on internet users as courts impose harsh jail sentences for posts expressing political views.

Trump campaign against bureaucracy alarms federal workers

Washington - A hiring freeze. Curbs on communications. Denunciations of "waste, fraud and abuse." US officials are alarmed by the launch of President Donald Trump's drive to rein in the federal bureaucracy.

Trump rushes to control communication of US agencies

Washington - Donald Trump's administration moved quickly to muzzle federal government workers, apparently keen to keep the army of bureaucrats in line with the White House message.

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

Bejing - Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations.

Op-Ed: Facebook to introduce flagging of fake news

Facebook is making good on its promise to try to eradicate "fake news". One of the techniques Facebook will use for doing so is a tool that will allow users to flag anything that they consider to be fake news.

'It's like freedom': Myanmar heavy metal crashes into the open

Yangon - Moshing and sweating, the crowd of headbangers scream their angst into the sultry Yangon night, a rare glimpse of a defiant musical subculture now crashing into the open -- though sex, drugs and religion remain off the song sheet.

Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Friday told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

San Francisco - Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reports.

Op-Ed: Facebook working with Israel to censor posts inciting violence

Facebook has often been in hot water for allowing certain posts and disallowing others. In a number of countries Facebook is banned entirely.
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Russia is ready to add a new censorship law, banning films not promoting "national unity."
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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 the About page of the self-styled Online Hate Prevention Institute.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Fredrick Töben.
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