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Media Censorship: Media Freedom Worsens in China

Tightened press controls followed official concerns about ‘Jasmine’ uprisings. China has fallen once again in world press freedom rankings, following a year marked by crackdowns around the world, the Paris-based press monitor Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in an annual

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China’s Top Official in Tibet Orders New Media Clampdown

China’s top leader in Tibet is urging local authorities to clamp down on Internet and mobile phone use in the region, as Beijing prepares to open its annual National People’s Congress and Tibetans honor those who have died protesting Chinese

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Somali Journalist Killing Is Latest in Violent Trend

A Mogadishu radio-station director has became the third Somali journalist killed in as many months. The death underscores the constant threat against journalists working in the war-torn country. Abukar Hassan Mohamoud is the latest journalist to be killed in the

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Censorship in America: Hate Speech Overview

Hate speech is, outside the law, any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or other characteristic. In law, hate speech is

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Burma Celebrates Independence Amid Criticism

Burma is marking the 64th anniversary of its independence from Britain Wednesday, amid criticism that the government’s recent clemency program is not doing enough for political prisoners. President Thein Sein, in a statement commemorating independence day,  praised the military’s role

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Censorship 2011: A Year That Began and Ended Anonymously

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It’s something of a party game, this time of year, to look back and put together lists. Top ten this, bottom five that; trends that are in or out, predictions about the coming calendar year. Of course, it is largely

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Tunisia: Censorship and Freedom of Speech in the Year That Was

| Written by Afef Abrougui | Sourced from Global Voices (Creative Commons) | Former Tunisian President Zeine El Abidine Ben Ali was an enemy to freedom of speech. With its heavy tactics, his regime attempted to silence all dissidents. The

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Art Censorship: Dark Musings #29 – Yes, Comics Are Still for Kids

The following article was written by Andrew Zar, owner of DarkBrain Comics. DarkBrain is a massive comic project that has already produced over 800 pages of content in full color and with music and voice-over narration. Re-published with permission of

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Free Speech: Nigerians Protest End to Fuel Subsidy

Protesters in Nigeria marched against a government decision to end a popular consumer fuel subsidy, which has sent prices soaring in the oil-rich nation. Demonstrators in Lagos Tuesday chanted as they carried banners and signs critical of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Media Censorship: Vietnam Writer, Priest Handed Jail Sentences

A court in central Vietnam sentenced a female writer to five years in prison and ordered an activist priest jailed for two years for “activities undermining the state,” official media said Friday. Ho Thi Bich Khuong, 44, was handed three

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