Feb 13, 2014

Director pulls Airin film, alleges Osaka censorship

Film director Shingo Ota has pulled his movie about the Airin day-laborer district in the city of Osaka from next month’s Osaka Asian Film Festival after the city requested that he edit some scenes depicting the poverty-stricken area, sources said Wednesday. The movie “Kaihoku” ...

Email depicts effort to shield bin Laden photos

Feb 11, 2014

Email depicts effort to shield bin Laden photos

A newly released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military’s top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder’s corpse or turn them over to the CIA. ...

Jan 31, 2014

Russia's top independent TV targeted

Prosecutors on Thursday opened an inquiry into Russia’s top independent TV station over a poll that asked a question about a sensitive aspect of World War II. The controversy over the Dozhd station reflects the challenges faced by the few media outlets outside the ...

Dec 24, 2013

'Crossing' Beijing has lasting consequences

by Perry Link

The sad irony is that, since the early 1990s, people like Liu Binyan, Su Xiaokang, Chen Yizi, Su Shaozhi and others who know the elite communist culture well, who have lived in the United States and remain willing to cross the dangerous line into ...

North propagandists don't mince words

Dec 14, 2013

North propagandists don't mince words

The scribes at North Korea’s official news agency have long elevated hyperbole into an art form, but even by their high standards, last week’s pronouncement was something special. Here is a typical sentence from the Korean Central News Agency’s release announcing the execution of ...

Putin hand-picks loyalist to head new press agency

Dec 11, 2013

Putin hand-picks loyalist to head new press agency

President Vladimir Putin tightened his grip on Russia’s news media by abolishing the RIA Novosti wire service and handing control of its successor to a controversial television anchor. Putin decreed that Dmitry Kiselyov, known for his outspoken views about homosexuals and Ukraine’s ongoing street ...

China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Dec 9, 2013

China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies’ investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders’ families. If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire ...

Nov 29, 2013

Vietnam to fine people for critical Facebook posts

Vietnam has intensified a crackdown on online dissent with a new decree that threatens fines of several thousand dollars for anybody criticizing the government on Facebook. The legislation, which will come into force in January, looks set to further narrow the space for online ...