Censorship

May 02, 2019 - 11:19 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Six Chinese social media accounts have been shut after advocating support for a woman who accused JD.com founder Richard Liu of rape. Chen Chun, a writer in southern China, said WeChat informed him this week that his public account was permanently closed because a petition he shared...
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May 01, 2019 - 9:12 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure expands government control over the internet and which critics say will lead to widespread censorship. The law, signed Wednesday, requires internet providers to install equipment to route Russian internet traffic through...
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at a business breakfast in Darwin, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Morrison and his political rival, Bill Shorten, say they are not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 12:54 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister and his political rival said on Wednesday they were not tailoring their political messages to suit Chinese censors as the politicians increasingly use Chinese social media to woo Chinese-speaking voters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and...
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People are silhouetted as they walk along an avenue past an old Orthodox church in the background in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
April 11, 2019 - 2:17 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of the Russian parliament has passed a second reading of a bill that would expand government authority over the internet but whose opponents fear heralds widespread censorship. The bill, which passed 322-15, would install equipment to route Russian internet traffic...
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April 09, 2019 - 5:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soccer fan says in a lawsuit that the California Department of Motor Vehicles violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would celebrate his favorite team, but which the DMV determined might be deemed offensive. Jon Kotler applied for...
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Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter, left, and Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield hold a press conference at Parliament House, in Canberra, Wednesday, April 4, 2019. Australia's Parliament passed legislation that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 12:24 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2005, file photo, a workman dusts the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a pre-publication review required for people who have had access to government secrets. The CIA says the pre-publication review is necessary to protect national security and protect former employees from legal liability. Timothy Barrett, a CIA spokesman, said the agency “does not comment on pending litigation." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 02, 2019 - 1:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a pre-publication review required for people who have had access to government secrets. Millions of former government and intelligence agency employees are bound by a lifelong obligation to keep national security secrets as...
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A customer looks at a movie poster for the film "Bohemian Rhapsody" at a movie theater in Beijing, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Moviegoers in China say the version of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" shown in Chinese theaters erases mentions of Freddie Mercury's sexuality. The biopic on the lead singer of the British rock band Queen omitted a same-sex kiss and lacked scenes in which Mercury reveals he's not straight and has AIDS. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
March 27, 2019 - 3:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see "Bohemian Rhapsody," the biopic about the band's late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October. It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. High-profile Australian journalists face possible prison sentences, and large media organizations could face fines after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
March 26, 2019 - 8:13 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some of Australia's highest-profile journalists face possible prison sentences and large media organizations could be fined after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on...
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A girl protests against article 13, concerning upload filters, of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market by the European Union in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, March 23, 2019. People fear for the freedom of the internet when users content has to pass upload filters to protect copyrights. (Peter Endig/dpa via AP)
March 23, 2019 - 9:56 am
BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship. The dpa news agency reports the biggest protest Saturday was in Munich, where 40,000 people marched under the motto "...
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