Aug 11, 2015

China bans 120 'harmful' songs online

China has ordered 120 songs be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said Monday. No individual or organization is allowed to provide the songs, ...

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

Aug 8, 2015

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

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“Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war.” — Philip Snowden, July 1916 In September 1945, less than a month after Japan’s surrender ending World War II and ushering in the U.S.-led Occupation, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander for the Allied ...

Aug 5, 2015

China jails TV hacker for 12 years for anti-government messages

A Beijing technician who hacked into a Chinese cable television system has been jailed for 12 years, state media reported, after he broadcast denunciations of the ruling Communist party — including showing the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” image. Wang Yibo accessed the cable feed ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

Jul 26, 2015

How Sony sanitized films to please China's censors

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In a 2013 script for the movie “Pixels,” intergalactic aliens blast a hole in one of China’s national treasures — the Great Wall. That scene is gone from the final version of the sci-fi comedy, starring Adam Sandler and released by Sony Pictures Entertainment ...

China gives Ai Weiwei his passport back after 4 years

Jul 22, 2015

China gives Ai Weiwei his passport back after 4 years

Ai Weiwei announced on Instagram that he got his passport back Wednesday, four years after it was confiscated by Chinese authorities. The artist and government critic posted a photo of himself holding a Chinese passport with the caption, “Today, I got my passport.” Ai ...