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Media Censorship

China Blocks BBC Website As Hong Kong Clashes Escalate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Media

As clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong intensify this week, the Chinese government has reportedly blocked the website of ...

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

Two Challenges I've Faced As Executive Editor Of The New York Times, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, has faced several difficult challenges in covering recent news. The first, she said, was dur...

How Chinese Internet Censorship Works, Sometimes

ChinaFile | Jason Q. Ng | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

Earlier this week, Chinese Internet services blocked searches for the phrase mìshū bāng (秘书帮). Roughly translated as “secretaries gang,...

Pushing the Positive, Nay-Saying the Negative

John O'Kane | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

Time appears to be running out on Obama's long-term plan for progressive change. So it's no surprise, according to polls, that many Americans are pretty jaded about "hope and change," his original brand from 2008.

America, Do Not Censor Our Entertainment Industry

Tom Rogan | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Rogan

In essence, the question would be asked, if violence is to be divorced from entertainment, then why not also the presentation of drugs (for the children's sake)? Or sex (let's stop STDs)? Or religion (we can't risk inflaming violence)?

Social Media and Its War on Censorship

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are being utilized more and more by journalists, activists and citizens as a medium for news and information. Yet, this still has a long way to go before it can be considered a feasible alternative to mainstream media.

BBC Warns Of 'Unprecedented Threat' To Independent News

BBC | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media

The BBC has today warned of an 'unprecedented global threat to impartial and independent news' and called on relevant authorities worldwide to protect...

America's Strange Love/Hate Relationship With Censorship

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 08.18.2012 | Home
Nicholas Ferroni

Most Americans may not be able to list all of our 27 amendments, but we never have a problem remembering the first.

Melissa Chan, Journalist Expelled From China, Reflects On Experience | Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.14.2012 | Media

After filing 400 stories from China, reporter Melissa Chan never thought she'd wind up in the headlines herself. Chan returned to Southern Californ...

Are We Getting China-Africa Media Relations Wrong?

Iginio Gagliardone | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Iginio Gagliardone

While it is evident how China has been developing a distinctive domestic approach to the Internet and the role of media in society more generally, whether and how the ideas informing this approach are spreading is far less clear.

China Places Strict Limitations On Broadcasters

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.15.2012 | Media

SHOWS CAPPED: China's broadcasters can no longer show any foreign TV series during prime time or let such shows make up more than 25 percent of daily ...

Time for the Supreme Court to End FCC Indecency Censorship

Berin Szoka | Posted 03.12.2012 | Media
Berin Szoka

Invalidating the FCC's indecency rules doesn't mean the government can do nothing. But our Constitution requires that government focus on helping parents -- rather than choosing for them.

Indian TV Includes Edgy Shows Without The Edge

AP | GARETH CONDE | Posted 03.03.2012 | Media

NEW DELHI (AP) — Would the sex, drugs and rock-n-roll fueled TV show "Californication" be worth watching without the sex, drugs and rock-n- roll? Wh...

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Citizens United Ruling Will Liberate Dot-Org News Sites From IRS Rules Curbing Advocacy

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Scheer

The legal intelligentsia are mistaken. Citizens United may be the most consequential First Amendment decision -- in terms of expanding free speech rights -- since New York Times v. Sullivan.

Reading the Pictures: Government Colluding With BP on Media Censorship?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

These stills call for a blunt examination of how much BP is leveraging the crisis primarily to mitigate perceptual damage to the corporation.

Stevenson High School Students Raise Censorship Concerns With Administrators

Freedom Project | December 17, 2009 10:59 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Evan Ribot said student leaders at the Statesman have given this speech too many times to deaf ears. The Stevenson High School student newspaper sta...

Put Article 19 into Action in Asia

Libby Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Libby Liu

Obama called for the lifting of restrictions on the Internet and Twitter in China. Ironically, China's state-run People's Daily online censored these very comments from its translation.

Olbermann-O'Reilly: Détente We Don't Want

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

A sandbox brawl between Keith and Bill Has left their parents feeling ill They want their boys to get along Yet the ultimate result is quite wrong

Tell Media: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Isabel Macdonald

The insurance lobbies and many politicians may not want to talk about single-payer. But that makes it all the more important that the media do.

Internet Censorship Legislation Could Make It Illegal For U.S. Companies To Aid Repressive Governments

The Guardian | Bobbie Johnson and Daniel Nasaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Internet activists are urging Barack Obama to pass legislation that would make it illegal for technology companies to collaborate with authoritarian c...

Dear President Obama: In Talking to China, Remember its People

Rebecca MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca MacKinnon

If you really want to take U.S.-China relations to a new level that rises above the day-to-day issues, you need to find new ways to engage the Chinese people themselves -- not just their government.

Faith! Family! Films! And the Crystal Teddy Goes to...

David Sterritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Sterritt

What riles me is the business of peddling movies on DVD after scrubbing them squeaky clean, or as we used to say in pre-digital antiquity, censoring them.

Media Must Raise, Not Lower The Bar For Palin For Thursday's Debate

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

Given that Bush has grounded the ship of state on an iceberg turned loose by global warming, the failure to hold Palin up to the same standards as any other vice presidential candidate would be an act of gross irresponsibility.