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 ...

Line censoring messages in China

Nov 28, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

by Tomoko Otake

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people ...

Nov 20, 2013

Kill the secrecy bill

The government's proposed amendments to its secrecy bill do not changed its basic undemocratic nature. It should be killed.