Apr 30, 2015

Russian MP demands probe over sex shops' use of WWII medal

A Russian MP on Wednesday asked prosecutors to investigate a sex shop chain for using a depiction of a World War II medal on price tags for vibrators ahead of next month’s 70th victory anniversary. The chain of shops called Casanova 69 rolled out ...

Apr 30, 2015

China rhetoric emboldens business critics

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Private entrepreneurs in China are voicing unprecedented criticism of government, encouraged by policies and rhetoric from Beijing emphasizing support for the most productive sectors of the economy. In the past two weeks, Premier Li Keqiang has exhorted Chinese banks to cut their fees and ...

Apr 29, 2015

Watchdog group issues dismal report on global press freedom

Journalists in many parts of the world face deteriorating reporting conditions, with a democracy watchdog group noting a sharp decline in global press freedom in 2014. In its annual report released Wednesday, the group Freedom House says global press freedom declined last year to ...

Apr 22, 2015

Eritrea, North Korea called world's most censored states

The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists issued its annual list of the world’s top 10 most censored countries on Tuesday. Here’s the ...

Apr 13, 2015

Textbooks toe the government line

The government would do well to remember that uniform textbooks compiled by the state during and before World War II went hand in hand with Japan's militarism.

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 ...