NBC Censored Snowden responses during interview

Saturday, 31 May 2014   Only around a quarter of the recent NBC News interview with former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden made it to broadcast, but unaired excerpts now online show that the network “neglected” to air critical statements about the 2001 terrorist attacks.   When the four-hour sit-down between journalist Brian Williams and Snowden…

US judge rules Baidu has First Amendment right to block content / Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

EEV: Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 11:58pm Reuters in New York The First Amendment protects Baidu’s right to advocate for systems of government other than democracy (in China or elsewhere) just as surely as it protects plaintiffs’ rights to advocate for democracy, US District Judge Jesse Furman…

AG Order No. 3420-2014 Policy Regarding Obtaining Information From, or Records of, Members of the News Media; and Regarding Questioning, Arresting, or Charging Members of the News Media

SUMMARY: This rule amends the policy of the Department of Justice regarding the use of subpoenas, certain court orders, and search warrants, to obtain information from, or records of, members of the news media. The rule also amends the Department’s policy regarding questioning, arresting, or charging members of the news media. … In May of…

Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US

English and Chinese language queries for terms such as ‘Dalai Lama’ return radically different results on Microsoft search engine Dominic Rushe in New York theguardian.com,              Tuesday 11 February 2014 16.36 EST A Bing search in Chinese for Bo Xilai, the former Chinese government official, shows different results from an English search. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters…

Police Devise App to Curb Far-Right Music ( Germany )

German police have developed a Shazam-like smartphone app that allows them to identify far-right rock songs by playing just a brief sample. It could make it harder for neo-Nazis to lure under-18s with music, which is seen as a “gateway drug” into the scene. German authorities are considering using software akin to a smartphone app that would help…

Line censoring messages in China

370 banned words found; firm mum on who’s selecting them and why Marking a milestone: Line Corp. CEO Akira Morikawa announces Monday that the number of users of the firm’s instant messaging service has topped 300 million. | KYODO by Tomoko Otake Staff Writer Print: Nov 29, 2013 In another example of the dilemmas facing…

Obama boycott: Major US news outlets refuse to use White House photos

 Published time: November 27, 2013 21:03                                                                             US President Barack Obama is surrounded by photographers while he eats breakfast. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson) The coalition of major news outlets protesting the White House’s photo policy continues to grow, with McClatchy newspapers adding their name on Wednesday to the list of publications that will no…