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Australian broadcaster kowtows to China

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 7:16PM UTC Comments Off Rebiya Kadeer. Pic: AP.

State-funded network censors film on Uighurs, reports Asia Sentinel Australia is forever lecturing other countries, particularly small ones like Fiji, on rights and freedoms so it is particularly shocking to learn of the censorship practiced by the state-funded Australia Network to please China, largest buyer of its minerals. The domestic Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) may...

Vietnam journalist who exposed corruption arrested

By Tue, Jan 03, 2012 6:52PM UTC Comments Off

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State-controlled media say a Vietnamese journalist who exposed police corruption has been arrested on suspicion of giving a bribe that he then wrote about in his newspaper. The Thanh Nien newspaper says Hoang Khuong was taken into custody on Monday. It says Khuong, a reporter for the Tuoi Tre newspaper, posed...

Opinion: Burma must relax censorship laws

By Mon, Dec 12, 2011 11:44PM UTC 2 Comments

Burma’s Information and Culture Minister Kyaw Hsan met executives of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, members of Motion Picture Censor Board and Video Censor Board, and responsible persons of script writers, film directors, actors, supporting actors, technicians, producers, managers, editors, video (central) and background music layers at the hall of Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise (Head...

American jailed for 2.5 years for insulting Thai monarchy

By Thu, Dec 08, 2011 11:52AM UTC Comments Off Joe Gordon. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand sentenced a U.S. citizen to two and a half years in prison Thursday for defaming the country’s royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of the king and posting them online. The 55-year-old Thai-born American, Joe Gordon, stood calmly with his ankles shackled in an...

In South Korea, praising North Korea is illegal

By Wed, Dec 07, 2011 9:45AM UTC Comments Off In South Korea, praising North Korea is illegal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean government agency is launching a team to examine Facebook and Twitter posts and smartphone applications for illicit content. The Korea Communications Standards Commission said Wednesday that the team is needed to deal with a growing volume of such content online. The team will in part target violations...

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