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China's universities and authorities have again been criticised for suppressing a sexual harassment scandal after the sacking of a top academic at a ... took away the post,” Wei's assistant told the South China Morning Post on Friday, referring to the Chinese government's common practice of censorship.
China Remains World's Biggest Prison For Journalists, While Beijing Exports Media Censorship Overseas ... 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders evaluated 180 countries in terms of journalistic freedom and the degree to which governments across the world censor their own press.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin declared war on the Russian internet. The Kremlin had ... On April 16, the Russian communications censor, Roskomnadzor, started blocking Telegram. ... Trying to impose internet censorship in the future will be almost impossible, even for countries like China. The war for ...
Chinese internet users have seen posts referring to the country's #MeToo movement disappear from WeChat, Weibo, and other popular social networks in recent weeks ... Her letter was censored so quickly that some internet users began re-posting it online upside-down, in hopes of keeping it in circulation.
China's internet has always been censored by its government, but there now looks to be a new digital era in the country: One where internet giants simply censor ... context against free expression," Wang believes Weibo's cleanup effort was made in anticipation of the government's censorship requirements.
The Cyberspace Administration of China, the country's internet regulator, did not immediately comment. Regulators have been ratcheting up control over Chinese microblogs in recent months, ordering operators like Weibo to set up a mechanism to remove false information after criticizing it for allowing ...

However, in a rare about-face for corporate China and internet censors, the company announced that it would reverse its ban of LGBT-themed content, following thousands of comments and discussions online by gay Chinese citizens. The company's crackdown on other content though is expected to ...
BEIJING — Bowing to intense pressure from millions of internet users, a Chinese social media site said on Monday that it would scrap plans to censor cartoons and video games with gay themes. The site, Sina Weibo, had announced on Friday that it would target gay content as part of a campaign to remove ...
However, such continued censorship is very likely to backfire. China's economy is sure to suffer the biggest blow from the continued use of the “Great Firewall”. With the firewall blocking sites for obscure reasons, entrepreneurs on the mainland may struggle to innovate, as blocks on the web make them ...
Two of China's most popular video platforms disappeared from app stores this week after the state broadcaster CCTV accused them of promoting underage pregnancy. A segment last week on CCTV featured what it said were teenage women whose videos — chronicling the joys and tribulations of ...
BEIJING – With Beijing under heavy security as a mystery North Korean delegation visited the Chinese capital, internet users scrambled to stay a step ahead of censors on Tuesday as China's tightly controlled state media remained silent. Videos circulated on popular messaging app WeChat on Monday ...
Yet even as Ms. Lagarde and Mr. Xi talked about that openness, forum attendees were unable to use Google, log on to Facebook or post to Twitter about the event unless they found a way to bypass China's army of internet censors. In fact, aspects of the forum stand in stark contrast with the many ways ...
But in recent days, the authorities in China have instructed news outlets to suppress information about fan gatherings, according to censorship orders reviewed by The New York Times. Any mention of “revolt” in connection with Duanzi fans has been ordered scrubbed. Outlets have also been told to censor ...
Human rights and human dignity are central principles in the Olympic Charter, and it's also an operational concern for the IOC: How can reporters cover Olympics preparations if China's “Great Firewall” enabling total internet censorship is in place? China has made it clear it wants to host major international ...
The United States told the World Trade Organisation on Friday that Chinese internet access rules coming into force next month appeared to create significant new restrictions for cross-border service suppliers and should be discussed at the WTO. “The United States urges China to address these concerns ...
Google has adopted a novel way to circumvent China's internet censorship system, which continues to block its services, after it partnered directly with three OEMs to bring its augmented reality service to the country. ARCore, the company's augmented reality SDK for Android, launched in full today following ...
On February 13, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) — the highest internal-control institution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — announced that Lu, former head of the Cyberspace Administration of China (the country's top internet censor), has been expelled from the Party and ...

The anti-pornography office, a unit of China's state media censor – the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), ... a nationwide campaign to clamp down on disturbing children's cartoons and games, as well as “vulgar, pornographic, and violent” content on the internet.
A former rising star in Chinese politics has been charged with bribery, becoming the highest-level serving official to be prosecuted in President Xi ... Also Tuesday, the party's anti-corruption watchdog body announced the country's former top internet regulator and censor has been dismissed from his ...
Some Chinese Catholics see restrictions as new religion rules take effect ... HONG KONG - Since China's new regulations for religious affairs took effect Feb. ... A blogger wrote that “religious venues are the third premises, following clubs and internet bars, where minors are prohibited from entering by ...
You can help us report on the censorship affecting the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment in China. Social media posts, messages, hashtags, and even entire articles have been censored. (Read WikiTribune's coverage of the wider #MeToo movement here.) The fight against sexual harassment ...
Yet what's surprising about the chokehold Beijing is placing on the internet – “plugging the last holes in its 'Great Firewall' internet censorship apparatus,” ... Party Secretary Xi Jinping's repeated insistence on internet “sovereignty” (the right of nations to control and censor the internet domestically), Chinese ...
But this is not a network security measure — it looks much more internet censorship, in the style of mainland China. Q: The proposed Cybersecurity Law will affect the 11 crucial sectors the most. Has the commercial sector submitted any opinion so far? A: Commercial sector representatives are still in the ...
A blogger wrote that "religious venues are the third premises, following clubs and internet bars, where minors are prohibited from entering by authorities." Peter, a Catholic in central China, said he had seen such signs posted in churches in Xinjiang. He told ucanews.com there are no legal grounds for ...
China's #MeToo movement changes its slogan to 'Rice Bunny' to avoid strict censorship ... China's #MeToo movement recently changed its name to evade internet censorship. A Weibo discussion ... Grass-mud horse, with a tone shift in Chinese, is actually used to represent vulgar words that would otherwise be censored.
Princess Elsa, the Snow Queen in Walt Disney Picture's immensely popular animated film Frozen, appears to have been banned, apparently due to security concerns. Peppa Pig may also be on Beijing's black list. With the magical power of turning water into ice, Princess Elsa has become one of the most ...
Yet what's surprising about the chokehold Beijing is placing on the internet – “plugging the last holes in its 'Great Firewall' internet censorship apparatus”, ... Party Secretary Xi Jinping's repeated insistence on internet “sovereignty” (the right of nations to control and censor the internet domestically), Chinese ...
Because of their pronunciations in Chinese, the former is used to indicate censorship and the latter refers to a Chinese obscenity. Internet censorship is a major challenge for the #MeToo campaign in China. Internet users have reported numerous instances of posts and chat pages relating to the topic being ...
For years, this technology has been popular among local Chinese or foreign internet users to circumvent Beijing's censorship regime, dubbed the “Great Firewall” by critics. The German business world is concerned. “Restricting the use of private VPN tunnels will make German companies reluctant to do ...
Beijing's internet regulator has shut down some of the most popular sections of Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, saying the social media platform had failed in its duty to censor content. In the latest ... It is also cracking down on VPNs, or virtual private networks, that are used to get around censorship. Weibo ...
A day earlier, the internet as a whole had briefly flickered offline throughout Iran in what was widely interpreted as a government-engineered throttling. ... The government has also attempted to place restrictions on virtual private networks, or VPNs, that can help Iranians circumvent state censorship.
Iran Attempts To Control The Internet In Their Country Through Censorship ... Using a similar approach to the “Great Firewall of China” (a term for the attempts by the Chinese government to control what their citizens have access to), Iran has blocked access to many popular social media sites.
Blocking the ports is a way to block VPNs, which many people in China use to circumvent tight internet censorship. The official ... SD-WAN providers are in a pinch because the restrictions block “site-to-site” VPN use. ... Bloomberg this summer detailed the various problems that come with the restrictions.
First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plan to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News” .... “China, consistently one of the worst jailers of journalists worldwide, has led the way in enacting vaguely worded restrictions encouraging journalists to adhere to the official ...
The study on internet freedom by Freedom House, a US state-funded non-profit organisation, found that new restrictions on media outlets and surveillance measures for social media sites increased both self-censorship and state censorship. The country's Great Firewall system censors web sites and the ...
Last year, major portals run by Tencent, Baidu, and Weibo were reprimanded and fined by China's internet regulator for failing to properly censor content ... In July, researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab noticed a censorship crackdown on WeChat and Weibo in wake of the death of Nobel ...
China's social media giants are ramping up efforts to get their users to turn in people circulating taboo content, as the Communist Party further tightens its grip on the country's internet. On Monday (Jan. 1), China's tech giant Tencent said it was hiring (link in Chinese) 200 content reviewers to form what the ...
A man in China has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for selling software that circumvented the country's pervasive internet censorship controls, ... Wu ran a virtual private network (VPN), a tool that allows unfettered access to websites normally blocked by China's massive censorship network.
Google and Facebook will have to accept China's censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday. Google and Facebook are blocked in China, along with Twitter and most major Western news outlets.
China's internet, provided through telecom giants aligned with the Communist Party, is a digital dystopia, filtered by the vast censorship apparatus known ... As the incentives and opportunities to self-censor accumulate, content providers will gravitate to producing and promoting whatever reaches the most ...
In Sri Lanka, Chinese representatives have provided counsel and support to local authorities on how to censor the internet. Chinese experts are reported to have installed surveillance and censorship equipment in Zambian networks. In Zimbabwe, Chinese gear was applied to jam independent broadcasts.
Since 2014, Lu Wei served as the inaugural head of China's Cyberspace Administration, and was the architect of modern Chinese internet censorship and surveillance, waging (and winning) high-profile wars against western internet giants. Lu has been on leave pending the corruption charges since June, ...
Now the company is discovering the risks involved, under China's censorship regime, in giving the people exactly what they want. The makers of the popular news app Jinri Toutiao unveiled moves this week to allay rising concerns from the authorities. Last week, the Beijing bureau of China's top internet ...
Hence, we've witnessed multiple clampdowns on VPNs (virtual private networks, which help internet users jump over the Great Firewall and evade censorship), efforts to control narratives in the ideological sphere through the so-called Document 9 and other directives, and restrictions on video-streaming ...
China's internet, provided through telecom giants aligned with the Communist Party, is a digital dystopia, filtered by the vast censorship apparatus known ... As the incentives and opportunities to self-censor accumulate, content providers will gravitate to producing and promoting whatever reaches the most ...
In Sri Lanka, Chinese representatives have provided counsel and support to local authorities on how to censor the internet. Chinese experts are reported to have installed surveillance and censorship equipment in Zambian networks. In Zimbabwe, Chinese gear was applied to jam independent broadcasts.
China made an impressive display of its clout in the digital economy during a three-day internet conference in Beijing last week by pulling together the ... whether American CEOs are indirectly endorsing China's censorship methods in their eagerness to obtain a larger slice of the country's lucrative market.
Apple (aapl, +1.95%) CEO Tim Cook had some words for those who criticized his keynote speech at China's World Internet Conference Sunday. ... speech at the opening ceremony of a conference designed to promote China's vision of the Internet—one that is more closed and censored, Bloomberg reports.
Beijing is continuing to tighten its grip on cyberspace with the removal of internet phone services, including Microsoft's popular Skype application, from China's app stores. The app's disappearance came as the Communist Party's watchdog announced that former internet tsar Lu Wei had been detained on ...
One week after China was re-crowned the world's worst contravener of internet freedoms, a leaked censorship directive indicated online publishers had received orders to extinguish debate over the toppling of former internet tsar Lu Wei. On Tuesday it emerged that Lu, who ran China's cyberspace ...


 

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