Apr 12, 2015

China orders media giant Sina to 'improve censorship'

China’s government has threatened to shut down Sina, one of the country’s most popular news websites, unless it “improves censorship,” state media reported in a rare public glimpse into controls over the press. The online portal “distorted news facts, violated morality and engaged in ...

China TV host suspended over Mao parody

Apr 9, 2015

China TV host suspended over Mao parody

One of China’s most famous television hosts has had his shows taken off air after allegedly insulting Communist China’s founding father Mao Zedong, according to reports. State broadcaster CCTV said it was investigating Bi Fujian for having caused a “serious social impact.” A video ...

Mar 31, 2015

Anti-censorship group: China behind cyberattacks on U.S. sites

Chinese authorities have taken over computers both inside and outside the country to launch cyberattacks against the website of an anti-online censorship group and a U.S.-based Web resource that hosts some of the group’s data, according to an analysis released by the group. Greatfire.org ...

Mar 31, 2015

Singapore teen in court over anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity was charged Tuesday with offenses including hurting religious feelings. The charges could carry a jail sentence. Student Amos Yee smiled and fidgeted as ...

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

Mar 27, 2015

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated, a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of ...

Kishida, Yun air concerns about Sankei reporter, 'comfort women'

Mar 22, 2015

Kishida, Yun air concerns about Sankei reporter, 'comfort women'

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed concern about a Sankei Shimbun journalist being tried in South Korea, during a meeting in Seoul with Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se. Yun raised the topic of the “comfort women,” Japan’s euphemism for the thousands of girls and women forced ...

Mar 17, 2015

Thai women warned against taking 'underboob selfies'

Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting “selfie” photos of the lower half of their breasts — a social media trend that has gone viral — saying their actions could violate the country’s computer crime laws. Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act bans ...