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China: Censors to Control Online Films

China’s netizens are frustrated with new rules that force web-based films to submit to increased scrutiny. Chinese netizens have hit out at new censorship of online films and TV, after the government announced it would force film websites to submit

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Posted in Censorship, Government Control, Internet Censorship, Media Censorship

Google Launches Anti-Censorship Tool

The retooled search site informs Chinese users when keywords will yield blocked results. Google has launched a new feature for its Chinese language site which informs mainland users when they enter search keywords that are likely to be blocked by

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Posted in Censorship, Internet Censorship

How to Fight Censorship and Share Books During Banned Books Week

Written by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Banned Books Week, held the last week of September each year since 1982, is an opportunity for libraries and bookstores to draw attention to censorship with challenged books. In the 29 years since the

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Posted in Human Rights

Chinese Newspapers Face New Controls

Beijing propaganda authorities take over the reins of two major papers. A woman walks past a newsstand in Beijing. Authorities in China have placed two popular Beijing papers under the supervision of the dominant Chinese Communist Party’s local propaganda department,

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

Hacking Crackdown ‘Targets Dissent’

Chinese authorities further tighten state controls online. China has announced a clampdown on domestic computer crime starting this week, but activists say the new rules look more likely to limit political dissent. China’s Supreme People’s Court and state prosecution service

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

‘Jail’ Built For Activist, Family

Chinese authorities construct a special prison to keep tighter controls over a blind rights lawyer and his family. Screen grab of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng from a video showing his life under house arrest in early 2011. Chinese netizens concerned

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Google Reports “Considerable Progress” In Fight Against Piracy

Last year, Google announced that it would begin censoring piracy-related terms from its Autocomplete and Instant services. Under intense pressure from United States music and movie companies, Google is continuing to take measures against piracy. Their latest report on the

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

EFF’s Warrantless Wiretapping Cases Back in Court on August 31

News Update by Cindy Cohn More than five years ago, EFF filed the first lawsuit aimed at stopping the government’s illegal mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ private communications. Whistleblower evidence combined with news reports and Congressional admissions revealed

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Posted in Human Rights

South Korea: Pop Music Censorship Meets with Strong Opposition

Written by Lee Yoo Eun South Korean society is buzzing with anger over the government’s ban on numerous popular songs. More than 2,600 songs have been banned in the past two years after being flagged for ‘hazardous media content’ by

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Posted in Human Rights

Chinese Art Activist Returns to Ruins of Bulldozed Arts District

Written by An Xiao BEIJING — Photographer and installation artist Wu Yuren (吴玉仁), who Hyperallergic profiled last year for his activist work, has returned after a year to visit the 008 and Zhengyang arts districts, both the sites of a

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Posted in Human Rights, Political Censorship

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