White House bars some news organizations from briefing

/ Feb 25, 2017

White House bars some news organizations from briefing

The White House excluded several major U.S. news organizations, including some it has openly criticized, from a briefing at the White House on Friday. Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session ...

/ 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 ...