Category: Censorship

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

China says will stamp out Dalai Lama’s voice in Tibet

Source: Reuters – Sat, 2 Nov 2013 05:19 AM Author: Reuters                                                                       By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Nov 2 (Reuters) – China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his “propaganda” is not […]

Russian News Agency Shut Due to Swears

By Benjamin Bidder Russia’s media watchdog agency has forced the closure of the Rosbalt news organization because of two YouTube videos containing swear words. Russian journalists are furious, calling it the latest attack on freedom of the press. Russia’s media watchdog agency has forced the closure of a […]

Btitain’s Monarchy will now regulate the country’s Press

Press curbs ‘will damage Queen’s standing’ Politicians’ “repressive” plans to regulate press will undermine country’s   international standing, free speech groups warn Culture Secretary Maria Miller has unveiled her plans to regulate the press Photo: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA By James Kirkup, Political Editor 9:50PM BST 23 Oct 2013 Politicians’ “repressive” plans […]

Book by whistleblower at center of ‘Fast and Furious’ blocked by the ATF

 Published time: October 08, 2013 00:20 Edited time: October 09, 2013 09:47                                                                             AFP Photo / Pedro Pardo A book authored by an agent at the center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Fast and Furious” gun running debacle has been rejected and barred from being […]

Federal court order prohibits Brown from talking to the media in what critics say is latest in crackdown on investigative journalism

US stops jailed activist Barrett Brown from discussing leaks prosecution Ed Pilkington in New York theguardian.com, Wednesday 4 September 2013 17.50 EDT Brown’s lawyer says the gagging order is a breach of Brown’s first amendment rights. Photograph: Nikki Loehr A federal court in Dallas, Texas has imposed a […]

Painting of Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear seized by Russian police for breaking unspecified laws

Picture displayed in St Petersburg gallery portrayed president in tight-fitting slip brushing Dmitry Medvedev’s hair Reuters in St Petersburg theguardian.com,              Tuesday 27 August 2013 14.26 EDT Vladimir Putin in his work attire. Photograph: Itar-Tass/Barcroft Media Russian police seized a painting of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in […]

Tiananmen Square online searches censored by Chinese authorities

Banned search terms include ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’ and date references in attempt to quell protest Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 4 June 2013 08.55 EDT Twitter image mocking Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square, adapted from AP’s 1989 photograph (the search term ‘Big Yellow Duck’ is banned). Photograph: Twitter/weibo.com/weibolg […]

FOIA Dismissed

     WASHINGTON – The National Archives and Records Administration should not face a lawsuit over its refusal to give the group Cause of Action records from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a federal judge ruled. – See more at: Courthouse News

Foreigners arrested for trying to spread Christianity in Libya: ” We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security”

Feb 17, 2013 01:43 Moscow Time Photo: EPA Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday. “They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were […]

University of Michigan ‘Catfished’ its own players to teach them dangers of social media (and, guess what, they received ‘wholly inappropriate’ replies)

By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 14:20 EST, 1  February 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:51 EST, 1 February 2013 The University of Michigan has revealed it  ‘catfished’ its own athletes to teach them the dangers of social  media. Michigan athletics director David Brandon  admitted this morning that the college hired […]