/ Feb 8, 2017

China tightens smog data controls amid public anger

China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country’s toxic smog in response to rising public anger. The announcement follows instructions from the national Meteorological Administration ...

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

Feb 8, 2017

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

During the release of a documentary on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out — but the film played to half-empty cinemas. There was no indication at the time, but “Diving ...

Porn 'tube' sites threaten children and actors, critics say

/ Jan 29, 2017

Porn 'tube' sites threaten children and actors, critics say

A new documentary claims that pornography has got “uglier and nastier,” with actors forced to shoot more hard-core films for less since the explosion of free-to-view internet sites like Youporn and Pornhub. “Pornocracy,” made by Ovidie, a former French porn star turned director, claims ...

Trump administration seeks to muzzle agencies on environment

/ Jan 25, 2017

Trump administration seeks to muzzle agencies on environment

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has moved to curb the flow of information from government agencies involved in environmental issues, actions apparently designed to silence dissenting views. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of ...

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

/ Nov 23, 2016

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The New York Times cited three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity, ...

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Nov 19, 2016

China censors 'fatty' nickname for Kim Jong Un online

Chinese websites are censoring the nickname “Kim Fatty the Third,” widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts. Searches for the Chinese words “Jin San Pang” ...