• Blocked on Sina Weibo
    Video: Censorship on China’s Sina Weibo

    In this interview Jason Q. Ng discusses the place that the social media site Sina Weibo has in Chinese culture, the origins of the Great Firewall and its censorship office, and why certain terms have been blocked on Weibo. Ng is author of Blocked on Weibo.

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  • Turkish artists writers musicians and lawyers in solidarity against oppression
    Law and Art in Turmoil

    ‘Today there is hardly a democratic government in Turkey. I have taken to calling it “Erdocracy” as it carries the heavy hand of PM Erdoğan.’ Writer Tarik Günersel issues a sharp critique of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government, as censorship of the arts expands and institutional corruption worsens.

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  • Ren Hang Photo 3
    The Wild Card: Ren Hang

    The authorities classify him as a pornographer but Ren Hang is simply a photographer pushing for freedom in his field. His go-to themes of nudity and homosexuality are on the verge of giving his conservative society a nervous breakdown.

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  • Fernanda Lima
    Blind Protest

    When Iranian television censored the broadcast of the Brazil 2014 World Cup draw in last month due to host Fernanda Lima’s dress, soccer-crazed Iranian youth took to social media to express their anger – not towards the government censors but against the actress.

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  • Iran Satellite Dishes
    In the Future People Will Laugh at Many Things

    Satellite dishes, bootleg VHS tapes, uncensored films, police searches, laughter, and fear. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has imposed and removed bans on just about everything – soon such actions, says the new minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance says, will make everyone laugh.

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  • Cartoon Puzzle
    Cartoon: Puzzle

    Repression of the press is a puzzle, and the pieces can take many forms: outright censorship by the state is one form, but the latest arrest of four Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt might be considered another. Cartoon by Ángel Ramiro Zapata Mora (Colombia).

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