Jun 20, 2016

China cracks down foreign-inspired TV shows

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China is clamping down on imported television shows and remakes that use formats from abroad in a bid to “promote domestic originality,” the country’s top media regulator has said. The move, effective July 1, will mean that the airing of remakes of foreign reality ...

Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts

Jun 7, 2016

Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts

Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: “Squeeze Russia out of yourself!” For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more ...

Jun 2, 2016

UNESCO memory register status sought for 'comfort women' materials

An organization of citizens groups from countries including Japan, China and South Korea has filed for the addition of 2,744 documents and other materials related to “comfort women” to be listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Shin Hei-soo, a professor at South ...

Top dissident spirited away for Obama's Vietnam visit

May 25, 2016

Top dissident spirited away for Obama's Vietnam visit

Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Quang A spent much of Tuesday as a tourist with plainclothes cops — eating fish noodle soup, visiting a temple and a fortune teller — returning home just as President Barack Obama took off from Hanoi aboard Air Force One. “It ...

May 23, 2016

China explores new ways to control video-streaming websites

Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video-streaming websites. The communist country restricts access to foreign websites including Google, Facebook ...