Tag: Censorship

‘We’re Almost Extinct’: China’s Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi

BEIJING — She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard. The police intimidate Ms. Zhang’s sources. The authorities shut down her social media accounts. Unable to find news outlets that will publish […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Sued for Blocking Critics on Twitter

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] President Trump and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are diametrical opposites in nearly every way, except perhaps for their shared home state of New York and their social media dominance. But now there may be another thing that binds the two: […]

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A Billionaire’s Fall Spotlights Child Sexual Abuse in China

SHANGHAI — The detention of a billionaire Shanghai real estate developer in a case linked by Communist Party officials to the alleged sexual molestation of a 9-year-old girl has triggered a national bout of soul searching in China, where such crimes are rapidly moving toward the top of law enforcement priorities. Wang Zhenhua, a prominent […]

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A Year Later, Twitter’s New Banned Speech Policy Adds Little to the Old One

SAN FRANCISCO — Last August, Twitter’s top executives gathered at the company’s headquarters to discuss how to make the site safer for its users. Two attendees proposed banning all speech that could be considered “dehumanizing.” For an example of what they meant, they showed a sample post that featured the words President Trump used to […]

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Why Can’t Pakistan Afford to Ban Indian Movies?

The terrible costs of the conflict between India and Pakistan — regional instability, militarization and economic disruption — make global headlines. But there is a largely ignored victim of the crisis: the movie business in Pakistan. There is a long history of politics hurting Pakistani cinema but a major recent blow came in Sept. 2016, […]

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When a Politician Is Called a ‘Lousy Traitor,’ Should Facebook Censor It?

In April 2016, a Facebook user shared an article featuring a photo of the Austrian Green party’s leader at the time, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, along with added comments labeling her a “corrupt oaf,” a “lousy traitor” and “member of a fascist party.” The comments were apparently a protest of her support for refugees. Ms. Glawischnig-Piesczek claimed […]

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Patriotic Movie Apparently Falls Afoul of China’s Censors

BEIJING — It is not at all that rare for censors to wreak havoc on films here in China — cutting, say, several scenes from “Bohemian Rhapsody” depicting Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality. The latest movie to seemingly fall afoul of censorship, however, is a big-budget Chinese film of the sort that has long been a staple […]

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From a Tibetan Filmmaker, an Unvarnished View of His Land

BEIJING — Pema Tseden, the Tibetan filmmaker and writer, felt ashamed. For years, he had written stories and screenplays switching between Chinese and his native Tibetan with a nimble linguistic ambidexterity. But lately, grueling filming and publicity schedules had worn him down, leaving him with the time to write only in Chinese, his second and […]

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New Zealand Man Gets 21 Months for Sharing Video of Christchurch Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison on Tuesday for sharing a video of the terrorist attack in March that left 51 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch. The man, Philip Arps, had pleaded guilty in April to charges of distributing objectionable content. In addition […]

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China Backs Hong Kong’s Leader Despite Huge Protests

HONG KONG — The Chinese government on Monday voiced strong support for Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Carrie Lam, a day after yet another vast street protest against her government rattled the leadership in Beijing and the local political establishment. The Foreign Ministry issued a forceful endorsement of Mrs. Lam on Monday. Beijing’s representatives in […]

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Looking for Free Speech in Russia? Try YouTube

MOSCOW — Mainstream television in Russia, stage-managed by the Kremlin, barely mentions Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin punk band, or Aleksei A. Navalny, the country’s most prominent opposition figure. Forget about hearing much feminist talk, or humor at the expense of the government or Russia itself. “The entire social, political part of television is controlled by […]

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For China’s Leading Investigative Reporter, Enough Is Enough

BEIJING — Late at night, a senior police officer guided Liu Wanyong, then a budding investigative journalist, through the inner sanctum of one of the scariest domains in China, the Ministry of Public Security. The rooms were empty. Mr. Liu was directed to a locked filing cabinet. The officer pulled out a dossier, laid the […]

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YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service. The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or […]

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How the Tiananmen Massacre Shocked, Then Inspired a Chinese Political Cartoonist

BEIJING — The political cartoonist Badiucao still remembers the sultry Shanghai afternoon when he stumbled upon a video about the Tiananmen massacre of 1989 — and his world turned upside down. It was 2007, and he and his law school roommates had been watching a pirated movie when suddenly it cut to a documentary that […]

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Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong

BEIJING — Thirty years after Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities, memories of the violence remain fraught, with China detaining activists, tightening censorship and denouncing calls for a full accounting of the bloodshed. Anniversaries of the crackdown around Tiananmen Square that began on the evening of June 3, […]

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In China, Public Talk of Sex Is Rare. Could a ‘Pleasure Community’ Change That?

BEIJING — In a room with soft lighting, decorated with fuzzy blankets and turquoise balloons, a group of 30 or so strangers gathered on a recent afternoon in Beijing to discuss a subject that is largely taboo in China: how to satisfy a woman sexually. Such a workshop would hardly be out of place in […]

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Twitter Takes Down Accounts of China Dissidents Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

SHANGHAI — Three days before the most sensitive political anniversary on the Chinese calendar, Twitter suspended the accounts of Chinese political commentators in what it said was an accident. The move showed starkly the global political ramifications of Silicon Valley slip-ups. Twitter’s action, which one human rights worker said affected more than 100 users, came […]

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The Week in Tech: Disinformation’s Huge Inaction Problem

Each week, we review the week’s news, offering analysis about the most important developments in the tech industry. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here. Hi, I’m Jamie Condliffe. Greetings from London. Here’s a look at the week’s tech news: Almost everybody wants something done about disinformation. So why does it seem that […]

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