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China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Cyberspace Administration of China says it held a meeting this week with representatives from domestic tech giants Baidu, Sohu, Tencent, Netease, and Phoenix to inform them of multiple violations in content published on their platforms

China orders tech firms to ramp up censorship

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Violent and pornographic content, as well as those depicting extramarital affairs, prostitution, drug addiction or superstitious behaviour such as 'conjuring spirits,' are also banned

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

Martial law, Marawi clash, Lebron James | Evening wRap

May 26, 2017 - 10:23 PM

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Martial law, Marawi clash, Lebron James | Evening wRap

AFP to 'exercise right to censure' under martial law

May 26, 2017 - 2:47 PM

'[Kapag] alam ninyo na ito'y nakakasama at hindi nakakatulong, ‘wag 'nyo na ho i-post. Baka minsan na lang, kakatukin na lang kayo ng pulis at aarestuhin kayo,' says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

AFP to 'exercise right to censure' under martial law

Leaked Facebook files: Crucial numbers to know

May 23, 2017 - 8:14 PM

These figures show you the enormity of the task that the house that Zuckerberg built now faces

Leaked Facebook files: Crucial numbers to know

Uncovered moderation guidelines show Facebook in quagmire

May 22, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The Guardian shows the complexity Facebook faces in moderating sensitive content

Uncovered moderation guidelines show Facebook in quagmire

Myanmar's army sues journalists for satirical article

May 17, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The article takes aim at senior leaders for sitting around holding peace talks and drinking wine while low-rank soldiers are being killed

Myanmar's army sues journalists for satirical article

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The film 'will be released in Malaysia on the 30th March, rated PG13 with no cuts,' a spokeswoman for Disney in Southeast Asia says

'Beauty and the Beast' to be shown uncut in Malaysia

Disney scraps Malaysia 'Beauty and the Beast' release over censorship

Mar 15, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Disney says 'the film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,' effectively shelving plans to release it in the Southeast Asian country

Disney scraps Malaysia 'Beauty and the Beast' release over censorship

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

Mar 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Censors in the Muslim-majority nation reportedly cut out a 'gay moment' in the movie

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

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Jan 23, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The announcement comes days after President Xi Jinping extolled globalization and denounced protectionism in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he insisted that China was committed to 'opening up'

China cracks down on bids to bypass online censorship

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) As of 11:46 pm on November 28, Inday Varona says her Facebook account was 'resurrected,' and thanked the people who helped restore her account

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China – report

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The tool is part of the social network's attempt to reenter China, where it has been banned since 2009

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China – report

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:40 AM

The social network says it will begin 'allowing more items that people find newsworthy' even if these violate site standards

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Vietnam media told: No story about Duterte drug war before visit

Oct 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Vietnamese journalists are reportedly told by their country's government officials to help ensure a 'good atmosphere' for Duterte's visit

Vietnam media told: No story about Duterte drug war before visit

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

May 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM

These changes include clearer guidelines, refresher training, and more oversight

Facebook makes changes to avoid political bias

Zuckerberg to meet with conservatives on bias claims

May 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Political commentator Glenn Beck and talk show host Dana Perino are among those invited to the meeting with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg to meet with conservatives on bias claims

Facebook denies anti-conservative bias, censorship

May 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

'We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true,' says Facebook executive Tom Stocky

Facebook denies anti-conservative bias, censorship

Philippines inches up in World Press Freedom Index

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The Philippines jumps to rank 138 from its 2015 rank of 141 in the survey, but its score declined, Reporters Without Borders says

Philippines inches up in World Press Freedom Index

Official news agency neglected after EDSA 1

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:17 AM

'A lot of people who worked under the Marcos regime were unceremoniously branded as undesirable and cast aside by the conquering heroes and heroines'

Official news agency neglected after EDSA 1

Russia's Internet censorship grew nine-fold in 2015 – rights group

Feb 16, 2016 - 10:58 PM

The group Agora finds incidents of Internet censorship increased from 1,019 in 2014 to 9,022 in 2015

Russia's Internet censorship grew nine-fold in 2015 – rights group

Netflix is latest victim: 5 things censored in Indonesia

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Indonesia has had a tumultuous relationship with internet censorship. Here's a look at 5 other companies censored by Indonesia.

Netflix is latest victim: 5 things censored in Indonesia

Taiwan's new leader disappears from Chinese social network

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Searches for 'Tsai Ing-wen' and 'Taiwan elections' on the Twitter-like Weibo network turn up this message: 'According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the results for this search cannot be shown'

Taiwan's new leader disappears from Chinese social network

Journalist facing expulsion a 'flagrant champion' of terrorism – China

Dec 26, 2015 - 3:23 PM

China says French journalist Ursula Gauthier 'flagrantly championed acts of terrorism and acts of cruelly killing innocents, triggering the Chinese people’s outrage'

Journalist facing expulsion a 'flagrant champion' of terrorism – China

Cries of 'inquisition' as Vatican puts journalists in dock over leaks

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Two journalists and three Vatican officials go on trial over the publication of classified documents in a case critics have attacked as having a whiff of the inquisition

Cries of 'inquisition' as Vatican puts journalists in dock over leaks

Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Bangladesh authorities insist an almost week-long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved

Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Oct 20, 2015 - 8:23 PM

This comes as the regime expresses mounting concerns over perceived royal defamation, with prosecutions skyrocketing since the May 2014 military takeover

Thai junta plans new military unit to curb online dissent

Junta mulls 'Great Firewall' for Thailand

Sep 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Tens of thousands of people sign a petition against a proposal which has been dubbed the 'Great Firewall of Thailand' – a play on China's draconian internet censorship program – by commentators, analysts and netizens

Junta mulls 'Great Firewall' for Thailand

Bangladesh arrests Briton over blogger murders

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Bangladesh's elite security force arrests three suspected Islamist militants, including a British citizen who police say was the "main planner" of the murder of two prominent atheist bloggers

Bangladesh arrests Briton over blogger murders

Bangladesh police chief's blogger warning sparks uproar

Aug 10, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Secular activists express outrage after Bangladesh's national police chief warned bloggers they faced jail for posting material deemed offensive following last week's machete murder of a secular writer

Bangladesh police chief's blogger warning sparks uproar

China's new cybersecurity law sparks censorship concerns

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The proposed legislation will 'ensure network security, (and) safeguard the sovereignty of cyberspace and national security,' according to the draft law

China's new cybersecurity law sparks censorship concerns

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:11 AM

A Russian freelance journalist who claims she went undercover as a pro-government Internet troll says she is suing her former employer in a bid to expose the workings of the Kremlin's online army

Ex pro-Putin Internet troll seeks to expose Kremlin 'propaganda factory'

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

May 28, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Last week Thaksin made rare comments to overseas media as the Thai military marked a year in power, although it was not immediately clear which interview he faces censure for

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

Burundi protesters defy calls to end anti-government demos

May 19, 2015 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza call for him to step down, defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces fired shots to restore order after a failed coup

Burundi protesters defy calls to end anti-government demos

Turkey blocks social media over images of slain prosecutor

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:54 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 166 websites, including Internet giants Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, are blocked; Access to Twitter and Facebook is later restored after the images are removed

Turkey blocks social media over images of slain prosecutor

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Thai PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha orders the media to toe the regime's line or face consequences

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Media Revolution 2015: Are we Charlie?

Feb 11, 2015 - 1:41 PM

The forum sheds light on a number of issues the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has raised including questions on press freedom, censorship, and the conflict between ethics and free speech

Media Revolution 2015: Are we Charlie?

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

Jan 16, 2015 - 6:21 PM

Niger bans distribution of Charlie Hebdo in the mainly Muslim country, with the government "vehemently" condemning the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly

Niger bans Charlie Hebdo over Mohammed cartoon

#JeSuisCharlie? Media debates self-censorship of cartoons

Jan 08, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Should news organizations self-censor the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad or use the images in the name of free speech?

#JeSuisCharlie? Media debates self-censorship of cartoons

'Empress of China' cleavage censorship 'lacks authority' – state media

Jan 07, 2015 - 12:50 PM

Chinese censors should pay more attention to public opinion, a state-run newspaper argues, after an online backlash over the removal of all cleavage from a TV show about China's only female emperor

'Empress of China' cleavage censorship 'lacks authority' – state media

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

Dec 30, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The Global Times: 'China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict'

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

Dec 29, 2014 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) The United States, while careful not to accuse Beijing directly, says it is aware of reports that Gmail's blockage and that it was 'concerned by efforts in China to undermine freedom of expression'

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Morocco bans cinemas from showing the biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Iran censors 'offensive' Instagram pictures – media

Dec 25, 2014 - 10:14 PM

'The filtering of pages with immoral content began yesterday (Wednesday, December 24) evening on Instagram,' says government daily Iran

Iran censors 'offensive' Instagram pictures – media

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic

Dec 21, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Russian authorities convince Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, drawing ire from Internet users

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic

Iran minister says all web surfers to be 'identified'

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Telecoms Minister Mahmoud Vaezi: 'Because of our efforts, in future when people want to use the Internet they will be identified, and there will be no web surfer whose identity we do not know'

Iran minister says all web surfers to be 'identified'

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown – lawyer

Nov 28, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Guo Feixong and Sun Desheng both face possible 5-year prison sentences for their attempts to raise awareness of press freedom and human rights

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown – lawyer

Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

Nov 27, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Najib tells his party's annual congress that the law will be retained and even enhanced, apparently bowing to pressure from ruling-party conservatives

Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

British journalist's book banned for 'defaming' Thai royals

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The Thai police say anybody caught breaching the ban on Andrew MacGregor Marshall's 'A Kingdom in Crisis' could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of 60,000 baht ($1,800)

British journalist's book banned for 'defaming' Thai royals