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Internet Censorship: Weibo Censors Move with Great Speed

Weibo Censored

Despite 300 million users generating more than 100 million posts per day, Chinese censors are very adept at deleting unwanted material on Weibo, the country’s main blogging platform. The censors are also fast, according to new research. “What’s interesting is

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Media Censorship: Top Chinese Reporter Fired as Thugs Attack Film Crew

Wang Keqin

A day after China’s best-known investigative journalist was forced to leave yet another reporting job, a German television crew was attacked by men with baseball bats while on a reporting trip near Beijing. The departure of top reporter Wang Keqin

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Media Censorship: China Censorship ‘Not Improving’

China News Stand

China is the world’s biggest prison of journalists and netizens, a press freedom watchdog’s new report says. China has one of the world’s worst records on press freedom, with controls on state-run media and netizens showing no signs of abating,

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Posted in Government Control, Media Censorship

Internet Censorship: China Clamps Down on Microblogs

New microblog rules requiring account holders to use their real names are being rolled out in two other major Chinese cities following the first clampdown on Twitter-like services in Beijing earlier this month. Seven major websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen,

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Posted in Free Speech, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Media Censorship: Unrest Spreads In Southern China

Residents protest a power plant they say is polluting their village in China’s Guangdong province. Thousands of angry residents surrounded government buildings and blocked roads in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Tuesday in protest at a coal-fired power

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Internet Censorship: Chinese Netizens Jailed for Wedding Video

Chinese authorities move quickly to discourage ‘negative’ postings online. Two men who posted a video of columns of police they said were a guard of honor at a wedding party in the central province of Hunan have been sentenced to

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

China Ramps Up Online Censorship Efforts As US Congress Gives Them Perfect Cover

By Mike Masnick As the US seeks to set up its own “Great Firewall” by copying Chinese censorship techniques in the twin bills SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA), it appears that China is doing exactly as you would expect when

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Posted in Free Speech, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

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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Posted in Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Government Control, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: China Plans Social Media Crackdown

China plans new measures to limit online criticism. In the highest-level indication of a wider Internet crackdown in China, the ruling Communist Party’s central committee has announced plans to tighten controls on online social media and instant messaging tools. The

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China: Clampdown on Bloggers, ‘Rumors’

Chinese authorities move to further tighten controls on Internet content. Authorities in the Chinese capital have called on major Internet service providers to step up controls over online content, as some companies suspend the accounts of netizens accused of spreading

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

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