China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Jun 2, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

by Joe Mcdonald

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were “inappropriate publicity.” This year, a discouraged Shi hasn’t posted anything about the anniversary ...

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

May 30, 2014

Thailand's junta bans all anti-coup protests

More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the ...

Global press freedom at worst ebb in a decade

May 2, 2014

Global press freedom at worst ebb in a decade

World press freedom has hit its lowest level in a decade after a regression in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine and U.S. efforts to curb national security reporting, a watchdog says. A report issued Thursday by Freedom House, which has conducted annual surveys since 1980, ...

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Apr 21, 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s prodemocracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule. The veteran campaigner — whose near ...

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Apr 4, 2014

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Turkey’s telecommunications authority lifted a 2-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Mar 28, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block ...

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

Mar 25, 2014

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

The United States noted Monday that the number of online tweets posted in Turkey has risen since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service. Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the U.S. social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after ...

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

Mar 11, 2014

Top U.S. court throws out 'boobie' bracelet appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a school that tried to ban students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness, ending a case that began more than three years ago with the suspension of two middle-school ...