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2017 World Press Freedom Index | RSF
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies.
article  reference  journalism  censorship  media 
9 hours ago by kaarlows
'Downward spiral': UK slips to 40th place in press freedom rankings
Journalists in the UK are less free to hold power to account than those working in South Africa, Chile or Lithuania, according to an index of press freedom around the world.
In the past five years, the UK has slipped 12 places down the index. Rebecca Vincent, RSF’s UK bureau director, said this year’s ranking would have been worse were it not for a general decline in press freedom around the world, making journalists in Britain comparatively better off than those in countries such as Turkey and Syria.
Among the concerns raised by RSF was the passage of the UK’s “menacing” Investigatory Powers Act last November, which met only token resistance within parliament, despite giving UK intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world.

RSF said the act was a possible “death sentence” for investigative journalism in Britain, owing to its lack of protections for whistleblowers, journalists and their sources, and that it set a damaging precedent for other countries to follow.
by:DamienGayle  from:TheGuardian  freedom  journalism  censorship  whistleblowing  surveillance  InvestigatoryPowersAct2016  espionage 
yesterday by owenblacker
Russia tries to emulate Beijing's model of information control - @pressfreedom
"Russia has embarked on an ambitious social experiment. Just a few years ago, Russians had a mostly free internet. Now Moscow is looking toward Beijing, trying to imitate the Chinese model of internet control. Yet the Kremlin will likely find that once you give people internet freedom, it isn't so easy to completely take it away." - Emily Parker, CPJ
otf  russia  china  asia  putin  kremlin  Roskomnadzor  censorship  bypasschina  bypassrussia 
3 days ago by dmcdev
Why Thailand’s military is trying to erase me from the Internet
"The military government in Thailand has a well-established gift for Orwellian absurdity. Not long after seizing power in a 2014 coup, junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha published a song titled “Return Happiness to Thailand.” Last year officials spotted a seditious conspiracy behind a plan to distribute red bowls as gifts (presumably because the color red is associated with the opposition). Thais have been arrested for allegedly making disrespectful remarks about the king’s dog, and for eating a suspicious sandwich.

But now the government has managed to outdo itself. On April 12, the eve of the Thai new year, the Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society announced that it was forbidding my compatriots from contacting me via Facebook. They have been warned that sharing my content on the Internet, either directly or indirectly, could violate a law aimed at controlling critical information against the monarchy." - Pavin Chachavalpongpun for the Washington Post
otf  thailand  asia  southeastasia  facebook  social  access  censorship 
4 days ago by dmcdev
Three Generations of a Hackneyed Apologia for Censorship Are Enough | Popehat
The "fire in a crowded theatre" guy was arguing for censorship that would now be illegal; he also supported forced sterilization of the mentally disabled.
freespeech  law  usa  censorship 
5 days ago by pozorvlak
The Seductive Appeal of the "Nazi Exception" | Popehat
"The "Nazi exception" is unprincipled, self-indulgent, and childish. Nazis and their admirers and fellow travellers ought to be called out, ridiculed, condemned, and exposed to the full array of consequences the First Amendment offers. They ought to face criminal and civil sanctions if they break the law. But I decline the invitation to help these students destroy the village in order to save it."
university  socialjustice  nazism  racism  freespeech  law  usa  censorship 
5 days ago by pozorvlak
The X-Files ou le symbole d'une offre légale défaillante
The X-Files est de retour, avec une dixième saison diffusée sur M6. L'occasion de faire le point sur les pratiques de la télévision en 2016, mais aussi de l'offre légale lorsqu'il s'agit de regarder de vieilles séries. 
france  television  movies  fr  censorship 
7 days ago by pankkake
Russia Plans To Ban VPNs & Proxies That Unblock Blocked Sites
"The Russian government is preparing to scale-up its war on blocked sites by hitting services that provide workarounds. A new bill developed by the government requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they do not, they themselves will also be blocked. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites." - Andy, TorrentFreak
otf  russia  vpn  access  censorship  circumvention  putin  kremlin  Roskomnadzor  bypassrussia 
8 days ago by dmcdev

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