Aug 18, 2015

Bangladesh arrests editor for 'defaming' minister

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have arrested a senior journalist for “defaming” a government minister on Facebook, the latest in a series of cases that have sparked concern over freedom of speech. Probir Sikdar, editor of an online news portal, was arrested in Dhaka ...

Chinese TV host to be punished for insulting Mao in private

Aug 11, 2015

Chinese TV host to be punished for insulting Mao in private

Chinese authorities ordered a state broadcaster to punish a popular TV celebrity for insulting Communist Party founder Mao Zedong at a private dinner, state media reported. Bi Fujian was a talent show host on China Central Television when a video circulated in April showing ...

Aug 11, 2015

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

China has ordered 120 songs be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said Monday. No individual or organization is allowed to provide the songs, ...

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

Aug 8, 2015

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

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“Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war.” — Philip Snowden, July 1916 In September 1945, less than a month after Japan’s surrender ending World War II and ushering in the U.S.-led Occupation, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander for the Allied ...

Aug 5, 2015

China jails TV hacker for 12 years for anti-government messages

A Beijing technician who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party — including showing the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” image. Wang Yibo accessed the cable feed ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...