Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Aug 17, 2014

Building collapse reveals North Korea's goals

Pyongyang isn’t just any North Korean city. So when a 23-story apartment building under construction collapsed in the center of the showcase capital in May, officials faced a bona fide emergency. Their response was in some ways predictable: a grudgingly slow and piecemeal confirmation, ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

Jul 28, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semi-autonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing’s desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted ...

Jul 24, 2014

China censors squash reports on giant inflatable toad

Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief. The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong’s harbour last year sparked a national craze ...

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

| Jul 17, 2014

China's state TV targeted in graft drive

by Didi Tang

For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks. Since late May, at least six people at China Central ...

Popular TV journalist snatched by prosecutors in China

Jul 12, 2014

Popular TV journalist snatched by prosecutors in China

A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China’s financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday. The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...