Jun 11, 2015

'Shingeki no Kyojin' movie shut out from Shanghai festival

The popular Japanese anime “Attack on Titan” (“Shingeki no Kyojin”) has been shut out from this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival that starts Saturday, according to informed sources. The movie had been among films slated to be shown at an event featuring Japan, but ...

Jun 9, 2015

China bans 'Attack on Titan,' other popular Japanese anime from Web

China has blacklisted 38 Japanese cartoons, including the megahit “Attack on Titan,” from appearing online, according to state media. Amid a broadening crackdown on the country’s Internet content, 29 Chinese websites have received warnings or fines for carrying shows that “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify ...

May 5, 2015

Shutdown of website deemed 'anti-foreigner' riles Singapore bloggers

A group of bloggers on Monday urged Singapore’s media regulator to rescind an order to shut down a website accused of fanning anti-foreigner sentiment, calling it a “brutal attempt at censorship.” The Media Development Authority (MDA) on Sunday ordered Singaporean Yang Kaiheng, 26, and ...

Apr 30, 2015

Russian MP demands probe over sex shops' use of WWII medal

A Russian MP on Wednesday asked prosecutors to investigate a sex shop chain for using a depiction of a World War II medal on price tags for vibrators ahead of next month’s 70th victory anniversary. The chain of shops called Casanova 69 rolled out ...

Apr 30, 2015

China rhetoric emboldens business critics

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Private entrepreneurs in China are voicing unprecedented criticism of government, encouraged by policies and rhetoric from Beijing emphasizing support for the most productive sectors of the economy. In the past two weeks, Premier Li Keqiang has exhorted Chinese banks to cut their fees and ...

Apr 29, 2015

Watchdog group issues dismal report on global press freedom

Journalists in many parts of the world face deteriorating reporting conditions, with a democracy watchdog group noting a sharp decline in global press freedom in 2014. In its annual report released Wednesday, the group Freedom House says global press freedom declined last year to ...