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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.

China to free up internet for those attending 2022 Olympics

Bejing - China's tough controls over the internet will be temporarily lifted for people attending the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, officials promised Wednesday.

Danish former intel chief reported to police in book spat

Copenhagen - Denmark's intelligence service on Tuesday asked police to investigate its former head for allegedly breaching his confidentiality agreement in a book about his time at the agency.

'Child porn' row engulfs US photographer's Moscow show

Moscow - Pro-Kremlin activists who threw urine at pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges -- best known for nude images of adolescents and their families -- on Sunday forced its closure, a day after a government advisor condemned the images as "child pornograp...

Russia stands firm on porn websites ban

Moscow - Russia on Thursday stood firm after slapping a ban on two major porn websites -- rebuffing a tongue-in-cheek proposal to change its mind in exchange for premium access.

China cracks down on websites reporting independent news

The Chinese government has ordered Internet sites to stop reporting original news stories and only publish news provided by government-controlled news agencies.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

Tehran - Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

Facebook accused of censoring posts on Indian Kashmir

Srinagar - Academics and activists accused Facebook Friday of censoring posts about Indian-administered Kashmir as a curfew in the region extended into its 14th day following unrest that has left 48 protesters dead.

China censors 'crush talk of beetle named after President Xi'

Bejing - Chinese censors have stepped in to crush underfoot talk of a newfound beetle species named after President Xi Jinping, reports said Tuesday -- to the dismay of its loyal discoverer.

Hong Kong raises concerns with Beijing on bookseller detention

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday he has raised concerns with China about the case of a bookseller who reported being detained for eight months on the mainland, amid fears Beijing is tightening its grip on the city.

Hong Kong bookseller likens China detention to 'Cultural Revolution'

Hong Kong - The Hong Kong bookseller who broke silence earlier this week about being blindfolded and interrogated in detention in China likened his ordeal to Cultural Revolution repression in an interview with AFP on Sunday.

Hong Kong bookseller defies Beijing by leading protest

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong bookseller who said he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China led a protest march Saturday defying Beijing as pressure grows for authorities to answer questions over the case.

Hong Kong people 'petrified' over bookseller revelations

Hong Kong - Hong Kong lawmakers say residents have been left "petrified" by explosive revelations from a city bookseller about his detention in China and have slammed Beijing for violating freedoms.

Hong Kong bookseller 'blindfolded, interrogated' in China

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong bookseller known for selling titles critical of Beijing told Thursday how he was blindfolded, kept in a cell and interrogated by Chinese authorities after going missing eight months ago.

Same-sex kiss cut from Singapore staging of Les Miserables

Singapore - A kiss between two male actors in a production of Les Miserables in Singapore has been cut after complaints from the public.

China mulls new ways to control video websites

Bejing - Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video streaming websites.

Iran arrests eight in crackdown on Instagram modelling

Tehran - Iran has arrested eight people for working in "un-Islamic" online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram, the head of Tehran's cybercrimes court said on state television.

'Flesh banquets' of China's Cultural Revolution remain unspoken, 50 years on

Wuxuan - In the frenzy of China's Cultural Revolution, victims were eaten at macabre "flesh banquets", but 50 years after the turmoil began, the Communist Party is suppressing historical reckoning of the era and its excesses.

'Missing' HK bookseller Lee Bo on way back to China: Reports

Hong Kong - Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who went missing three months ago and surfaced in China, is already on his way back over the border after a brief return home, local media reported.

Hong Kong's SCMP newspaper website blocked in China

Bejing - The website of the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper being bought by Internet giant Alibaba, has become inaccessible in China during a series of high-level government meetings in Beijing.

'Missing' bookseller back in Hong Kong: Government

Hong Kong - One of five "missing" Hong Kong booksellers who was detained on the mainland returned to the city Friday and met police, the government said, in a case that has provoked fears of increasing Chinese interference in the semi-autonomous region.

Missing Hong Kong bookseller says on TV he was 'not abducted'

Hong Kong - Missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo appeared on television Monday insisting he had not been abducted by mainland authorities, in a case that has sparked a backlash over Chinese interference in the city.

China slams Britain for 'interfering' in Hong Kong bookseller case

Hong Kong - Beijing blasted Britain Friday for suggesting that a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was "involuntarily removed to the mainland", accusing the former colonial power of interfering in Chinese domestic affairs.

Three missing Hong Kong booksellers held in China: police

Hong Kong - Chinese police have said for the first time that they are holding three Hong Kong booksellers who went missing on the mainland last year, sparking accusations that Beijing has "total contempt" for the law.

Pakistan orders 400,000 porn sites blocked

Islamabad - Pakistan has asked Internet companies to block more than 400,000 pornography websites, officials said Tuesday, as part of a crackdown on what the top court calls "offensive content" in the Muslim-majority nation.

Hong Kong protesters call for release of missing booksellers

Hong Kong - Thousands of protesters marched through central Hong Kong Sunday, demanding the release of five missing booksellers who are feared to have been detained by authorities in mainland China.

Hong Kong bookseller disappearances cut deep into freedom fears

Hong Kong - The disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers has sent shivers through the semi-autonomous city as anxiety grows that Chinese control is tightening.

Missing Hong Kong bookseller is British citizen: UK

Hong Kong - One of five missing Hong Kong booksellers feared detained by Chinese authorities is a British citizen, the UK's foreign office confirmed Tuesday, saying it was "deeply concerned" over the disappearances.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Fredrick Töben.
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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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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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The Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris
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A man protesting Internet censorship
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Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
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A screengrab of the About page of the self-styled Online Hate Prevention Institute.
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Against internet censorship
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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.