Censorship

13 June 2017

Pakistan, in a First, Sentences Man to Death Over Blasphemy on Social Media New York Times

An antiterrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a Shiite man to death for committing blasphemy in posts on social media. The man, Taimoor Raza, 30, was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and others on Facebook and WhatsApp.

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07 June 2017

Twitter Users Blocked by Trump Seek Reprieve, Citing First Amendment New York Times

Lawyers for Twitter users blocked by President Trump after they criticized or mocked him are asking him to reverse the moves, arguing that the Constitution bars him from blocking people on the social media service.

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10 May 2017

China to further tighten its internet controls Reuters

China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

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09 May 2017

What can the UN do if your country cuts the internet? Al Jazeera

It has been almost a year since internet access was declared a human right, yet infringements continue.

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04 May 2017

China announces tighter regulations for online news BBC News

The Chinese government has issued new regulations tightening its control over online news content.

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30 April 2017

Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security The Observer

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.

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05 March 2017

Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship The Guardian

China’s sprawling internet censorship regime is harming the country’s economic and scientific progress, a senior official has said in a rare public rebuke of longstanding Communist party policy.

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17 February 2017

African Nations Increasingly Silence Internet to Stem Protests New York Times

Julius Ikena’s trade business is at a standstill because he cannot make electronic payments to his partners. Andrew Mofor cannot get access to the small fortune — 800 euros, or about $850 — that his daughter sent him through an online banking system.

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24 January 2017

China cracks down on unauthorised internet connections Reuters

China is reinforcing its censorship of the internet with a campaign to crack down on unauthorised connections, including virtual private network services, that allow users to bypass restrictions known as the Great Firewall.

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19 January 2017

Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier New York Times

There's a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be the start of something devastating.

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Facebook dismissive of censorship, abuse concerns, rights groups allege Reuters

Nearly 80 rights groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of "racially biased censorship" and failing to be more transparent about its removal policies and cooperation with law enforcement, adding to criticism the company has faced in recent months over its management of content on its network of 1.8 billion users.

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09 January 2017

Russia Requires Apple and Google to Remove LinkedIn From Local App Stores New York Times

Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones.

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08 January 2017

Indonesia blocks 800,000 websites Jakarta Post

The Indonesian government has blocked 800,000 websites as of December last year, mostly websites containing pornographic material or gambling sites, an official said on Saturday.

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20 December 2016

Turkey blocks access to Tor anonymising network BBC News

Turkey has blocked direct access to the Tor anonymous browsing network as part of a wider crackdown on the ways people circumvent internet censorship.

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14 December 2016

YouTube blocks North Korean channel to avoid breaching sanctions Washington Post

YouTube has blocked North Korea's state television channel, which broadcasts news on everything from nuclear tests to Kim Jong Un's outings, to avoid breaching American sanctions against the defiant regime.

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01 December 2016

Privacy, free expression and transparency: UNESCO launches the seventh title in its Internet Freedom Series UNESCO

As the seventh title in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom, the new publication "Privacy, free expression and transparency: redefining their new boundaries in the digital age" will be officially launched by UNESCO at the 11th Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will be held from 6 to 9 December 2016.

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.BLOG Another gTLD Off To A Flying Sunrise Start Reuters

Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday.

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23 November 2016

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China's leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

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21 November 2016

60 percent of Russians think Internet censorship is necessary, poll finds Washington Post

Sixty percent of Russians believe that Internet censorship -- in particular, the banning of certain websites and material -- is necessary, according to a new poll.

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15 November 2016

Freedom on the Net 2016: Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure Freedom House

Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests.

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11 November 2016

Russia to ban LinkedIn, leading fears of state crackdown on internet freedom The Independent

The social media network for professionals, LinkedIn, is to be banned in Russia, possibly within a week.

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26 September 2016

Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists Al Jazeera

Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling "incitement".

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10 September 2016

Facebook U-turn over 'Napalm girl' photograph BBC News

Facebook says it will allow an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a Napalm attack taken during the Vietnam war in 1972 to be used on its platform.

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21 August 2016

Angola passes laws to crack down on press and social media The Observer

Angola's government has approved a set of laws which hand control and regulation of all media to a new body run by the ruling party.

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20 July 2016

WhatsApp in Brazil temporarily suspended BBC News

WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

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