Jul 25, 2016

China to shut political, social news sites run by websites

Beijing authorities have shut down several edgy news programs run by major web portals in the latest round of efforts to restrict reporting of political and social news. Citing violation of rules, the municipal office in charge of cyberspace regulations have ordered news portals ...

Jul 7, 2016

Ban urges China to respect civil society, free media

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told China’s leaders on Thursday that a flourishing civil society and free media are key to China’s development, on one of his last visits to Beijing as U.N. leader. Ban spoke while standing next to Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who ...

Jul 1, 2016

Obama signs bill easing access to government records

President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday measures to give the public greater access to government documents and records under the nearly half-century-old Freedom of Information Act. The new law will require federal agencies to consider releasing records under a “presumption of openness” standard, ...

Bangladesh blogger seeks U.S. help as threats escalate

May 4, 2016

Bangladesh blogger seeks U.S. help as threats escalate

When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a ...

On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts

| Apr 23, 2016

On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts


Earlier this month, the Association of Television Viewers Who Demand Compliance With the Broadcast Law announced that it may launch a “national campaign” targeting TBS, which it accuses of biased news reporting. Should the broadcaster fail to address the accusation, the association will ask ...

Apr 20, 2016

Japan plummets from 61st to 72nd in 2016 press freedom ranking

Japan came 72nd on the 2016 world press freedom list, sinking from 61st in the previous year’s 180-nation ranking, Reporters Without Borders announced Wednesday. The 11-spot slip reflects the implementation of the controversial state secrecy protection law stipulating penalties against leaks of government information ...

Apr 20, 2016

Tokyo denies U.N. expert's accusation that it exerts pressure on media

The government on Wednesday brushed aside a U.N. rights expert’s concerns about its influence over the media, saying the country has always upheld freedom of expression. “The Japanese government’s explanation was not sufficiently reflected” in the report and opinions of David Kaye, U.N. special ...