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Two More Chinese Netizens Charged With 'Subversion' Over Online Satire
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are moving ahead with the trial of a netizen for "incitement to subvert state power" after he posted "sensitive" tweets to social media, his lawyer said.

Liang Qinhui, also known by his online nickname "Sharp Knife," was detained by police in Guangdong's provincial capital Guangzhou in April, and his case has now been transferred to the municipal state prosecution service, his fiancee told RFA on Tuesday. - Qiao Long for RFA's Mandarin Service and Hai Nan for the Cantonese Service
otf  rfa  China  Asia  speech  censorship  surveillance  access 
8 hours ago by dmcdev
Jailed in Singapore For Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging
16-year-old Amos Yee faces criminal charges over a video he posted last March criticizing Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding prime minister. If convicted, Lee could be in prison for up to three years.

During his hearing last month, a judge ordered him to be remanded for three weeks to assess if he’s suitable for reformative training. Last week, he was transferred from Changi Prison to the Institute of Mental Health, where he will stay for another week, after the judge ordered Yee to be evaluated for autism.

Despite Yee's incarceration, his Facebook page is still being updated. - Mong Palatino, Global Voices
otf  Singapore  speech  censorship  access  security 
8 hours ago by dmcdev
Iran Denies Censoring the Secure Messaging App 'Telegram'
The messaging app Telegram might soon become the latest victim of Iran’s censorship-happy government. Telegram has been suffering disruptions in the country for weeks, according to researchers, and Telegram itself reported on Monday that <b>local Iranian network providers “are limiting Telegram traffic in Iran.”</b> - Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard
otf  Iran  censorship  access 
12 hours ago by dmcdev
Iran denies filtering Telegram mobile app
Iran ICT Minister denies filtering Telegram & recent problems with Instagram & Viber to originate from government tampering.
otf  iran  mobile  censorship 
15 hours ago by lindsay
Censorship in China: An Ordinary Tragedy
Like the Great Wall of 1920s poetry, the Great Firewall might serve as a convenient symbol for tyranny.

But to most Chinese, it doesn’t feel that way. Their lack of access to Facebook or Google is as normal to them as their lack of access to the coral gardens of the Bahamas — a consequence of geography. Westerners who consider the Internet an instrument of social change in China forget that not too long ago, the same was said of capitalism.
otf  China  Asia  censorship  GFW  greatfire  access 
yesterday by dmcdev
Флибуста заблокирована за «451 градус по Фаренгейту» / Geektimes
В пятницу вечером, через неделю после принятия решения, библиотека Флибуста была заблокирована на территории России за злостное распространение книги «451 градус по Фаренгейту» и еще нескольких произведений Рэя Брэдбери. Интересно, что поводом к блокировке послужил старый советский перевод, который находится в свободном доступе в библиотеке Мошкова «при поддержке Федерального агентства по печати и массовым коммуникациям».
russian  internet  censorship  goverment  law  fail 
yesterday by some_hren
Flipping the Social Justice Script
What blogger hasn’t encountered the pathetic whining of a commenter whose comment has been deleted and whose free speech has been gravely infringed upon?
freedom_of_speech  censorship 
3 days ago by UnchartedWorlds
An Argument Against “Free Speech” | Dame Magazine
The right to speak your mind does not include the right to parasitically attach yourself to a high-traffic website in order to reach an audience you could never earn on your own.
internet  communication  rights  censorship 
3 days ago by UnchartedWorlds
China’s Your Country, We Just Live in It
The meme of the moment on Chinese social media is ni guo — which means “your country” but is best translated as “your China.” Deployed as a hashtag or embedded in a social media post, the phrase is a sarcastic retooling of the ubiquitous Communist Party phrase wo guo, which literally means “my country” but has the flavor of more nationalist phrases like “our China” or “our motherland.” - Alexa Olesen, Foreign Policy
otf  China  social  speech  censorship 
4 days ago by dmcdev
Inside Iran: Tehran’s censorship of the Internet
Iran’s ruling elite keep a healthy presence on social networking sites, despite these same platforms being banned in the country under the pretext that such websites are against Islamic values. - Al Arabiya News
otf  Iran  censorship  access 
4 days ago by dmcdev
Chinese Universities Told to Recruit a Student 'Army' to Patrol the Internet
Students in China are being recruited in large numbers by their universities as an ‘army’ of online contributors to bolster the official party line, in a new drive by the Communist Youth League of China that will draw universities squarely into the country’s attempts to control the internet within its borders.

The existence of hired internet commentators has been known for some years, but the latest campaign represents a scaling up, an unprecedented top-down organisation of the volunteer army and a major focus on recruiting within universities. - Yojana Sharma, The Chronicle of Higher Education
otf  China  surveillance  censorship 
4 days ago by dmcdev
How the Feds Asked Me to Rat Out Commenters - The Daily Beast
Reason.com, the website I edit, was recently commanded by the feds to provide information on a few commenters and not discuss it. Here’s why we’re speaking out.
nick_gillespie  daily_beast  article  news  editorial  june  2015  2015_06_25  government  america  censorship  privacy  comments 
5 days ago by Seumas
Russia Bans the Internet Archive's ‘Wayback Machine’
The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages. The decision to ban the Internet Archive appears to be the work of Russia's Attorney General, meaning that police determined that the website contains extremist content. - Kevin Rothrock, Global Voices
otf  Russia  censorship  access 
5 days ago by dmcdev

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