|31st December||Egypt's Reputation Harmed...|
|28th December||Censors Busy on the Internet...|
|25th December||Pakistan closes 43 cable channels...|
|21st December||Manufacturing Consent...|
|16th December||Post Coup Censorship...|
|15th December||Surfing for Seks ...|
|13th December||Update: An Adult Debate...|
|13th December||Update: Naked Prudery...|
The Repression Game
China targets online gaming
From the BBC
China is enforcing more monitoring of online games after some were found
to contain banned religious or political material. Some were criticised
as pornographic or too violent.
Back Door Sharia
Eighth Year Running
China leads the world in imprisoning journalists
Maybe the figures would look a little different though if taken as a percentage of population
From Casper Star Tribune
China, which jails more journalists than any other nation, is
challenging the view that information on the Internet is impossible to
control, and the implications for press freedom could be far-reaching.
Uganda bans adult content from public places
The Media Council of Uganda has banned the sale of newspapers with
pornographic content from public places.
An Eye for the Ridiculous
China looks to a ban on flirtatious eyes
Comment: Isn't that the plot of The Mikado? "Those who flirt or leer or wink..."
Lawmakers in a northern Chinese province are considering a sexual
harassment law that bans looking at women with "flirting eyes", state
Ministry of Disinformation
Malaysian bloggers may have to be registered
All Malaysian news blogs may have to be registered with the Ministry of
Information, local media reported, citing Deputy Science and Technology
Minister Kong Cho Ha as saying the laws were necessary to dissuade
bloggers from promoting disorder in Malaysia's multiethnic society.
Indonesia wrestle with inanity
From Monsters & Critics
SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should
be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation
a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves.
One MP supporting the proposed ban told a German games magazine that
violent games had no place in kids' bedrooms. Andreas Scheuer of the
Christian Social Union added that whilst ultimate responsibility must
fall upon parents, the government should ban ultra-violent titles in
order to aid the less media savvy.
Violence in the media has been a sensitive subject in Germany since a
nineteen year-old killed sixteen innocent people in a 2002 shooting
massacre. Counter-Strike was blamed for the atrocity, the
youngster apparently being an avid fan. The game was eventually banned,
and strong censorship laws have been in place ever since, with other
games occasionally being banned too. Some MPs are calling for stronger
Bavaria and Lower Saxony propose draconian games ban
Based on an article from The Times
Computer games depicting brutal and sadistic behaviour, and the ease
with which children can obtain them, are to be the subject of a
discussion by the European Union.
Premature Burial Rumours
Publisher 505 Games has issued a statement inviting politicians and
journalists to judge new PS2 title Rule of Rose for themselves
following controversy over the level of violence in the game.
Europe's Crusade against
Based on an article from Euro Politics
UK interior minister John Reid will add Britain’s weight behind an EU crusade against violent computer games at meeting of Europe’s justice ministers this week. The British home secretary will also urge the EU to do more to protect children from “appropriate content”, child pornography and paedophiles.
John Reid showed a little perspective about games though and said:
There is a wider issue here. The growth of the internet has meant we
need to be alert on threats and dangers online. Violent video games are
one issue on this spectrum. But I am also concerned about what more we
can do to tackle the most extreme and harmful end of the spectrum. In
particular I am concerned about child pornography.
Unione Nazionale Consumatori, a consumers association that takes a
liberal view of censorship, said it was not sufficient to make it
illegal to sell adult games to children. Parents and society have to
educate children about the adult world, said Elana Venditti, who
represented the association at the meeting. Minors are likely to get
access to adult material through other medium anyway, she said, so
prepare them properly for the adult world.
Thanks to Byron
Rule of Rose will be released in other parts of Europe with a English option and will work on UK PS2's. This helps as the PS2 is a bugger to import for as it has no easy method for playing import games.
The game has already been released in France and possibly Germany too
Nutters Don't Kiss
Bollywood movie prosecuted over kiss
A kissing scene from a movie starring Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai and
Hrithik Roshan has irked a lawyer who has filed a criminal case against
them, accusing them of obscenity.
Taking a Breather in
Temporarily relaxing censorship for the Olympics
China is temporarily relaxing decades-old restrictions on foreign
reporters that will give foreign media greater freedom to travel and
report in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Iran has a purge on books
From The Guardian
of literary masterpieces and international bestsellers have been banned
in Iran in a dramatic rise in censorship that has plunged the country's
publishing industry into crisis.
Iran has a purge on websites
From The Guardian
Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world's most popular
websites. Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com
and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them.
The long reach of China's censors
Based on an article from Monsters & Critics
A Serbian human rights group said that it would arrange a public showing
of a Chinese film which was barred from a Belgrade film festival on
China has a bit of a downer Lou Ye and he has been banned from making films in China for five years for submitting an entry for the Cannes festival without government approval. Lou entered romance Summer Palace for competition without clearing it with China's censors. It was reported that the film would be confiscated along with any income made from it. The film, which features explicit sex scenes, takes place around the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
Googling for "Impossible Task"
Italian prosecutors have put two Google Italy representatives under
investigation as part of an inquiry into how a video of teenagers
harassing an autistic classmate surfaced on its video site, a judicial
India to Grow up...Maybe
From Hindustan Times
The Indian government is exploring the possibility of allowing movies
certified for adult viewing during late night hours.
12 Years for Selling Porn
Based on an article from China View
A person who was jailed for 12 years for selling pornographic goods was
among six people imprisoned in China's latest crackdown on piracy and
pornography. The person was also fined 5,000 yuan ($625).
Canada Gets a Cleanfeed
Canada’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs) have joined forces
with Cybertip.ca, Canada’s
Cybertip.ca will establish a list of the sites to be filtered which will
be incorporated automatically into the ISPs’ filters. The ISPs will have
no involvement in compiling the Cybertip.ca list.
Tarnish Egypt's Reputation
From the BBC
Police in Cairo have detained a blogger whose posts have been critical of the Egyptian government.
Rami Siyam, who blogs under the name of Ayyoub, was detained along with three
friends after leaving the house of a fellow blogger. No reasons have been given
for Siyam's detention. The other friends were released after being questioned.
Encyclopedic Knowledge of
From E-Commerce Times
The One week after gaining unfettered access to the online encyclopedia
Wikipedia, Chinese Internet users have been cut off from the service again.
The Grizzly Details
of Chinese Censorship
Based on an article from Malaysia Sun
China will restrict broadcast reporting on vicious crimes so the
country's young people have a healthier media environment, the Beijing
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the "archaic censorship" being
implemented by the communications ministry and reiterated its call for
the government of Chad to lift the draconian curbs on press freedom that
are part of a state of emergency decreed on 13 November 2006.
Against Censorship Thailand
Porn in Africa
From IPP Media
The Tanzanian government has said that there is an on-going crackdown
against people who possess pornographic materials.
Governed by Omens
From the International Herald Tribune
Thailand's new military-appointed government is threatening to shut down
an operatic version of Asia's classic Ramayana epic, ostensibly over
fears one of its scenes may bring bad luck, the opera's composer said.
Somtow said the officials told him that: If anything happened to
anyone in power in Thailand, it would be blamed on this production."
Repression Reaches Out
a city-state with some of the world's strictest controls on free
expression and assembly, plans to tighten laws governing the Internet
and public gatherings. The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) have
expressed concern about the proposed amendments, which are part of a
penal code review.
3 Years in Jail for a Porn
From the Bangkok Post
The Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA) yesterday approved in
principle a bill which will allow the state to punish people responsible
for computer-based crimes including data theft and the dissemination of
pornographic materials. A vetting committee is set to scrutinise the
bill in seven days.
Uptight Malaysia Shocked
From Asian Sex Gazette
Malaysian government leaders have rebuked a local newspaper for
publishing a frank expose of sexual attitudes among the country's youth.
Sudan Press Muzzled
From BBS News
The Sudanese government is engaged in an increasingly blatant effort to
muzzle and intimidate Sudan's independent press, Human Rights Watch said
From the Bangkok Post
Government bans on a number of websites that posted criticisms of the
Sept 19 coup d'etat violate the basic right of freedom of expression and
should be lifted, website operators said yesterday. Somkiat Tangmano,
webmaster of the Midnight University website, said the censorship or ban
on websites should not be based on the judgements of just a few people.
Enemies of the Internet
From the BBC
A list of 13 "enemies of the internet" has been released by human rights
group Reporters Without
Borders (RSF). The list consists of countries that RSF believes are
suppressing freedom of expression on the internet.
Unacceptable Human Rights
From The Independent
Turkey's prime minister met with representatives of trade unions and
other non-governmental organizations yesterday to listen to
suggestions for possible changes to an article in the country's penal
code that has been used to charge dozens of writers, journalists and
academics for expressing their opinions.
From EU Observer
Freedom of speech in Turkey is not guaranteed, the European
Commission has said in a key progress report on Turkey's application to
join the EU.
Internet Put To Rights
From the BBC
A bill of rights for the internet age has been proposed at a United Nations'
conference in Athens. The bill would update and restate rights that have been
enshrined for centuries, said Robin Gross of civil liberties group IP Justice.
Censorship of filmmakers, artists and writers is escalating in Sri Lanka in line
with the Rajapakse government’s intensification of its war against the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
When a user flags a YouTube video as inappropriate, they're presented with five
potential reasons (all exclusive of copyright complaints, which are handled
separately). The available flavors of naughtiness are "Sexually explicit,"
violence," and the recently added "Hate speech." Some of these flags, especially
the "Mature" variety, can just result in a clip getting an interstitial warning
-- users will henceforth see a screen asking them to confirm their willingness
to wallow in the evil video before it plays. Those that fail the appropriateness
test completely get deleted. Supposedly, any flagged clip will be reviewed
within 24-48 hours.
of the Even Less Free
Registering for Repression
The Chinese government plans to register millions of Chinese Internet bloggers
who are using the web to publish their views under a pseudonym, thus forcing
them to subscribe to censorship from the central authorities. This was reported
today by the official state media.
Based on an article from
World Leader Threatened by
From The Scotsman
Making Notes About Repression
The Domain of the Easily
From The Times
The Companies Registration Office (CRO) refused Ryan’s application to
register the word as a business name, telling him his request was being
returned as the name “could be deemed to be offensive to others”.
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) defended its decision last week, saying it
made group decisions on possibly controversial registrations. They said
10 applications for “porn” have been refused since September 2001. But
the IEDR says it seems to be the only word refused so far under section
3.4 of the naming policy.
Lane to Repression
From The Guardian
An End to
The commission is calling for submissions of its draft report which close on December 15.
No Denying the Political
From Turkish WeeklyThe Turkish Parliament is to convene for an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to discuss possible steps towards France after its Parliament approved a bill criminalizing denial of an Armenian "genocide," Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has announced.
We warned France that if such a bill were passed by its Parliament, the loser would be France. Paris will always be embarrassed by this, Gul said, evaluating the passage of the bill which introduces prison terms up to one year and fines up to 45,000 euros to those who question the Armenian genocide claims.
Lashing out at the decision, Gul said, France showed the world that it is a country which runs behind small policies. For the sake of interests in the upcoming elections, France has destroyed its historic prestige.
Gul also stressed that France will no longer be able to define or praise itself as the country of freedoms where thoughts are expressed without limits.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the passing of Armenian bill, labelling the French legislation a great shame and black stain on freedom of expression. It is unacceptable for us to accept or show tolerance to the French move. Unfortunately, no one can control the consequences of the irresponsible behavior of French politicians, the Prime Ministry statement said.
that the US and UK military may have gone to extreme measures to ensure
that independent journalists didn't operate in Iraq during the invasion:
The driver of a minibus which took Lloyd to hospital, said Lloyd had
been shot in the shoulder and his arm was broken from the initial
exchange of fire but he had been able to walk to the vehicle. However,
the driver said U.S. troops, possibly firing from a helicopter, had shot
the journalist in the head while the vehicle was leaving the scene.
Chechen hardman Ramzan Kadyrov turned 30 last week, Russian journalist
Anna Politkovskaya said his birthday gift should be a criminal trial.
Two days later, she was gunned down in her Moscow apartment building.
Based on an article from Gulf Times
lawmakers have amended controversial pornography legislation that would
have jailed women for up to 10 years for showing their arms and legs,
and banned public kissing and artwork depicting nudity.
Based on an article from Red Bolivia
list of 13 rules of conduct for journalists in Somalia was issued after
the head of the Islamic court's judicial administration, Sheik Hassan
Osman, summoned representatives of all privately owned media in
Islamist-held areas of Somalia.
Anxious MPS Mop their Brows
Based on an article from ANSA.it
television prank which threatened to expose widespread drug use among
Italian MPs has been banned from broadcast. It was due to be included in
Le Iene (The Hyenas), a popular satire show.
Only Coffee in Chinese
Based on an article from China Daily
Chinese county has banned of all its cyber cafes to supposedly help
Against the Order of Nature
From the New York Times
The statute is being challenged under a lawsuit brought in 2001 by a gay-rights
advocacy group called the Naz Foundation, which argued that the law contravenes
rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution, including equality, privacy and
freedom of expression.
Passports to Web Access
From Monsters & Critics
government is re-evaluating its strict regulations on internet cafes
after protests from business owners who have largely ignored rules
requiring monitoring of all users.
Press Spoiling for a Fight
From Torronto Sun
shoeless, elderly drunk is tormented by a group of thugs who laugh
hysterically as they douse his head with anti-freeze, drop his personal
belongings into a storm sewer and knock him to his knees with a milk
sales of Capcom's gory zombie-killer Dead Rising have done remarkably
well here in the United States, even with a Mature rating from the ESRB, in
Japan where the game was recently released, copies of the games are hard to
find, not because they're flying off the shelves but because stores are choosing
not to display them.
From the Trinidad Express
No more play! That was the directive handed down to Surinamese playwright Sharda
Ganga by the theater after she refused to remove three supposedly profane words
from the script of her production, No More Stories, during its scheduled
debut at the Port of Spain.