Monthly Archives: November 2011

Vietnam: Court Reduces Blogger’s Sentence

A Vietnamese court halves the jail term of a professor convicted of publishing anti-state essays. A Vietnamese court on Tuesday reduced the jail sentence of a French-Vietnamese professor and blogger following an outcry from Paris and the European Union over

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China: Blogger’s Account Canceled

Chinese authorities are making a push to censor netizens who publish ‘sensitive’ content. Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have frozen the microblogging accounts of an independent journalist and prominent blogger because he published “uncivilized” content on them.

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Censorship in America: Call Your Senators Today and Tell Them To Vote Against Censoring The Internet

As mentioned last week, there’s a big push going on by the MPAA and the US Chamber of Commerce (the largest lobbying organization in the world) to get PROTECT IP voted on and approved in the next few days or

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Religious Censorship: Contraceptive Coverage – Who’s Religious Freedom Is It?

By Amanda Marcotte Frances Kissling, writing for RH Reality Check, made excellent points about why it’s not up to President Obama to determine which definition of “Catholic” is more valid than another by writing health care regulations around what the

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Internet Censorship: What if SOPA / PIPA Become Law?

Threading the Needle by Derek Bambauer Imagine that Ron Wyden fails: either PROTECT IP or SoPA / E-PARASITE passes and is signed into law by President Obama. Advocacy groups such as the EFF would launch an immediate constitutional challenge to

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Freedom of Expression: Activists Jailed for Criticizing Government

The Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced five political activists to prison for publicly criticizing the country’s leaders. The defendants were arrested in April for making various comments, and they appeared in court several times, mostly behind

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Media Censorship: Popular Talk Show Hosts Axed

Two popular television hosts are fired in Hong Kong, raising fears that Chinese censors are exerting undue influence over the island. An elderly man reads a newspaper in a workshop in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s government broadcaster has said it

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China: Editor Jailed Amid Graft Probe

The case highlights widespread corruption in the Chinese official media. A newspaper vendor at his stall in Beijing. Authorities in the Chinese capital have handed down a 13-year jail term to a former top editor convicted of bribery. Liu Chongzhou,

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Human Rights: Protesters Pack Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Despite Government’s Concessions

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday where they pressed their demand for an end to military rule despite the ruling military’s appointment of a new prime minister. The number of protesters has continued to

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Censorship in America: TAKE ACTION NOW TO STOP SOPA / PIPA INTERNET BLACKLIST!!!

The Internet Censorship Bill took a massive beating last week (yeah, you did that!) but drug companies, movie studios and the Chamber of Commerce do *not* go down easy. Now– get this– they’re telling Congress it’s a “jobs” bill. This

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