Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams

May 8, 2016

Forbidden fruit: China bans 'erotic' banana-eating live streams

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Bananas may be China’s new forbidden fruit — at least online. As part of the government’s crackdown on “inappropriate” content online, Chinese live-streaming video services have banned people from filming themselves while eating bananas “erotically,” state media has reported. New regulations mean hosts of ...

Apr 28, 2016

China prompts criticism with tough curbs on foreign NGOs

China’s parliament passed a controversial law governing foreign nongovernment organizations, the Xinhua News Agency said on Thursday, giving wide powers to the domestic security authority and prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The law is part of a raft of legislation, including China’s counterterrorism law ...

Apr 26, 2016

China set to tighten controls on foreign NGOs

China’s national legislature is poised to vote this week on a draft law criticized by overseas governments for tightening controls over foreign nongovernmental groups by bringing them under direct police supervision. The proposed law requires that such groups accept police supervision and state the ...

Apr 25, 2016

Beijing auditions foreign agencies to polish China brand

Five global public relations firms have made pitches to the Chinese government for a potential new campaign, four sources said, as Beijing tries to communicate more effectively with the West. The competition by the leading Western PR companies comes amid intensifying scrutiny of Chinese ...

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

Press freedom has declined around the world, watchdog says

Media freedom around the world has suffered a “deep and disturbing decline” due to by pressure from governments and businesses, an international media watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in an annual report that many of the world’s leaders have developed ...