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Party over at Clubhouse, the app that had China talking

Bejing - The repression of Muslim Uighurs, the Tiananmen Square crackdown, and S&M hook-ups -- nothing was off-limits in the rambunctious, unfiltered chatrooms of Clubhouse, before China's censors silenced the conversation.

Secret state? Surge in private VPN requests from journalists Special

Requests for virtual private networks (VPNs) increased ten-fold between 2019 and 2020, according to data collated by NordVPN. Many of the requests came from journalists working in repressive regimes.

Facebook, Google becoming 'human rights-free zones' in Vietnam: Amnesty

Hanoi - Facebook and Google are fast becoming "human rights-free zones" in Vietnam, Amnesty International warned Tuesday, accusing the tech titans of helping censor peaceful dissent and political expression in the country.

Hungary public media forced to toe govt line: leaked recordings

Budapest - Reporters at Hungary's public broadcaster have been forced to toe the line of the government of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, according to leaked recordings and testimonies revealed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Thursday.

Pakistan blocks Tinder, other dating apps over 'immoral' content

Islamabad - Pakistan on Tuesday blocked access to Tinder and several other dating apps in a bid to control "immoral" and "indecent" content, just days after regulators threatened to shut down YouTube for similar reasons.

Hong Kong satirists say self-censorship already blunting dissent

Fpo - Hong Kong satirists, cartoonists and journalists say self-censorship has already begun blunting critical voices as fears crescendo over China's plan to impose a sweeping anti-subversion law on the restless city.

Curtain falls on Hong Kong's oldest satirical TV show

Fpo - Hong Kong's oldest political satire show will air its final episode Friday evening, against a backdrop of pro-democracy unrest and fears that an incoming anti-subversion law will help Beijing trammel local freedoms.

Three Beijing activists missing after preserving virus articles online

Bejing - Three Beijing-based internet activists have disappeared and are believed to be detained by police for archiving censored coronavirus news stories online, according to a relative.

China censored virus news for weeks, say researchers

Bejing - China began censoring online discussions on the new coronavirus weeks before officially acknowledging the scope of the disease, according to a report published Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Is there a global cost to China's cover-up of the coronavirus?

While the world is dealing with a health crisis of global proportions, it does make me wonder if things might have turned out better for all of us if China’s National Health Commission hadn't decided to intentionally place a gag order on any information

Death of whistleblower ignites calls for political reform in China

Bejing - The death of a whistleblowing doctor who was reprimanded for warning about the new coronavirus has sparked rare calls for political reform and free speech in China.

From dead, to alive, to dead again: How China handled virus doctor's death

Bejing - Chinese media's reporting of the death of coronavirus whistleblowing doctor Li Wenliang ignited online anger after he was first pronounced dead, then alive and, finally, dead again.

OSCE warns Ukraine over disinformation bill

Kiev - A new bill aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation in Ukraine could pose a risk to freedom of expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe warned on Wednesday.

Turkey lifts ban on Wikipedia

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday lifted a ban on Wikipedia after almost three years. Turkey was the only country in the world apart from China to entirely block access to the online encyclopedia.

Curtain falls on Chinese film festival as censorship intensifies

Shanghai - One of China's longest-running independent film festivals has decided to shut down against the backdrop of mounting government censorship, saying it was no longer possible to run a "purely independent" festival in the country.

China dramatists wage 'guerrilla' fight for artistic freedom

Wuchen - An actress playing US espionage whistleblower Edward Snowden imitates a gun with her hand, aims it at a security camera, and fires -- not exactly the sort of stage content that's green-lighted in China's surveillance state.

Backlash grows over 'Abominable' film's disputed S. China Sea map

Kuala Lumpur - A scene in the film "Abominable" featuring a map with Beijing's disputed South China Sea claims sparked a growing regional backlash Friday, with Malaysia cutting the segment just days after Vietnam pulled the movie entirely.

Backlash grows over China sea map in 'Abominable' film

Manila - Backlash is growing in Southeast Asia over a scene in the animated film "Abominable" that features a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing's contested claims in the flashpoint waterway.

'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship

Bejing - The creators of "South Park" have issued a mock apology to China after censors scrubbed their popular animation from the Chinese web.

Turkey rules Rebel Girls children's book be treated as porn

Istanbul - Turkey has ruled that million-selling book "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" should be partially banned and treated like pornography because it could have a "detrimental influence" on young people.

Battle over Marvel comic gay kiss is defused by Brazil court

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Supreme Court on Sunday made it illegal to ban any LGBT publication, after a lower court allowed conservative mayor to confiscate comic books at the Rio Book Fair containing content he considered "inappropriate" for minors.

Turkey lifts shutdown order on Bianet news site: lawyer

Istanbul - Turkish authorities have lifted a closure order against independent news site Bianet after an outcry against a move the company's lawyer said Wednesday had been made "by mistake".

China stays mum as Hong Kong protests extradition bill

Bejing - Chinese state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets Sunday to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally.

Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes

Apia - Samoa has banned the blockbuster Elton John biopic "Rocketman" from cinemas over depictions of gay sex, which remains illegal in the Pacific island nation.

Elton John blasts Russian cuts of gay sex scenes in 'Rocketman'

Moscow - Elton John has slammed the removal of gay sex scenes from the Russian version of the musical biopic of his life "Rocketman" as "cruelly unaccepting".

China blocks all language editions of Wikipedia

Bejing - Beijing has broadened its block of online encyclopedia Wikipedia to include all language editions, reported an internet censorship research group, ahead of the country's most politically explosive anniversary.

Microsoft's work with Chinese military university raises eyebrows

Bejing - Microsoft has been collaborating with researchers linked to a Chinese military-backed university on artificial intelligence, elevating concerns that US firms are contributing to China's high-tech surveillance and censorship apparatus.

Thousands protest Russia's 'internet isolation'

Moscow - Thousands of people rallied against Russia's increasingly restrictive internet policies Sunday which critics say will eventually lead to "total censorship" and isolate the country from the world.

China entertainment endures 'bitter winter' after crackdowns

Dongyang Shi - Chinese film and television are reeling from what industry insiders call a "bitterly cold winter" of sharper government scrutiny that is expected to lead to more Communist Party-friendly content.

Microsoft's Bing search engine inaccessible in China

Bejing - Microsoft's Bing search engine was inaccessible in China on Thursday, with social media users fearing it could be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors.Attempts to open
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Detail from the Google tool
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Russia is ready to add a new censorship law, banning films not promoting "national unity."
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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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A Turkish woman reads her freedom declaration to police
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Against internet censorship
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Fredrick Töben.
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