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.

Nov 10, 2013

U.S. reporter detained in Venezuela is released

Venezuelan authorities on Saturday released a Miami Herald reporter they had detained two days earlier while he reported on the South American country’s economic crisis. The Miami Herald reported on its website that Jim Wyss was released from a detention facility in Caracas and ...

Nov 9, 2013

U.K. lawmakers to grill Guardian boss

British lawmakers will grill the editor of The Guardian next month over the newspaper’s publication of intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden, it said Friday. “Alan (Rusbridger) has been invited to give evidence to the home affairs select committee and looks forward to appearing next ...

British lawmakers to quiz Guardian editor on Snowden leaks

Nov 9, 2013

British lawmakers to quiz Guardian editor on Snowden leaks

British lawmakers will grill the editor of the Guardian next month over the newspaper’s publication of intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden, it said Friday. “Alan (Rusbridger) has been invited to give evidence to the home affairs select committee and looks forward to appearing next ...

China's state TV airing confessions

| Nov 6, 2013

China's state TV airing confessions

The 27-year-old journalist wore a green jail uniform, his head shaved and hands in metal cuffs, when he appeared on national TV and confessed his guilt in bribery allegations. And he had yet to be charged with anything. “I willingly admit my crime, and ...