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Australia abandons mandatory Internet filter plan

By Fri, Nov 09, 2012 10:59AM UTC 0 Comment

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has abandoned its 5-year-old pledge to mandate a filter blocking child pornography and other objectionable Internet content. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Friday that instead of imposing a compulsory filter, Internet service providers have agreed to block a list of 1,400 websites. Critics...

Racism in Singapore: Our own problem

By Mon, Oct 15, 2012 10:23PM UTC 0 Comment

Last week Amy Cheong’s Facebook rant against Malay void deck weddings sparked an outrage amongst Singaporeans. She was swiftly fired from her position of Assistant Director by the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), and a police report was lodged. The righteous (self-righteous?) indignation of many Singaporeans continued to rage online even after Ms. Cheong issued...

A death knell for Burma’s press freedom, or a step forward?

By Wed, Aug 22, 2012 7:01PM UTC 0 Comment

Burma’s new censorship guidelines have been pitched as yet another step forward in the country’s reform, yet they contain rulings that are absolutely antithetical to the notion of democracy, the destination Burma is supposedly heading for – indeed they are a hindrance. At least half of the 16 clauses set about to stifle dissent –...

Burma government ends censorship of local media

By Mon, Aug 20, 2012 5:10PM UTC 1 Comment

YANGON, Burma — Burma’s government said Monday it was abolishing the harsh practice of directly censoring the country’s media, the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they for almost...

Police question Thai journalist Pravit amid lèse majesté complaints

By Mon, Jul 02, 2012 11:30AM UTC 0 Comment

By Lisa Gardner Police investigations are now under way in the case of journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk, who was questioned by police on Friday over allegations that several of his articles, published on Prachatai.com, were in violation of Thailand’s lese majeste law.   It remains unclear whether the esteemed Thai journalist will be formally charged. Yesterday he...