Apr 2, 2016

China's tight control of speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping's stringent control of speech and media outlets could increase public frustration — a potential source of social instability.

Journalists face renewed pressure across Asia

Mar 30, 2016

Journalists face renewed pressure across Asia

In many countries across Asia, governments are growing less tolerant of critical reporting, even arresting journalists and closing media outlets in some cases. In China, authorities recently removed an online story from a financial magazine about censorship — a taboo topic — while Thailand’s ...

China considers banning all unapproved Internet domains

Mar 30, 2016

China considers banning all unapproved Internet domains

China’s government is moving to tighten its grip over the Internet as it rolls out draft rules that will effectively ban Web domains not approved by local authorities, including possibly the most widely used .com and .org addresses. The Ministry of Industry and Information ...

Mar 22, 2016

Vietnam blogger on trial for anti-state posts

A prominent Vietnamese blogger who is a former police officer and the son of a late government minister will be put on trial this week for alleged anti-state postings, his lawyer said Tuesday. Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, are ...

Mar 20, 2016

Facebook's Zuckerberg holds rare meeting with China's propaganda chief

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting Saturday with China’s propaganda chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace. Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help ...

Feb 22, 2016

China requires foreign firms get approval before publishing online

A new Chinese regulation announced this week will require foreign companies and foreign-Chinese joint ventures to acquire approval before publishing content online, in the government’s latest move to tighten control of the digital realm. Under the new regulations going into effect March 10, firms ...

Feb 11, 2016

Intimidation via the Broadcast Law

Communications minister Sanae Takaichi's statement strengthens the case for creating a neutral, independent body to take charge of broadcasting administration, including the issuance and withdrawals of licenses.