Blasphemy has been dropped from film classification in SA – despite bothering many more people than violence

2019-04-05 14:03

The Film and Publication Board considered making blasphemy a mandatory consideration when age-classifying films – and expanding it to include cultural issues. Instead new guidelines published on Friday abandons even voluntary "B" warnings.

Microsoft's Bing blocked in China

2019-01-24 16:41

Chinese internet users have lost access to Microsoft's Bing search engine, triggering grumbling about Communist Party censorship

Kenya lifts ban on lesbian love story 'Rafiki' - shown to a cheering sold-out cinema - just in time to be eligible for an Oscar

2018-09-25 12:31

The coming-of-age romance is set against a background of homophobia and intolerance in a country where love between people of the same gender is illegal.

China is trying to downplay a brewing trade war with the US by censoring comments from Trump and US authorities

2018-07-03 18:12

China told its media to not "attack Trump's vulgarity" and instead to promote state-sanctioned "economic brightspots".

6 people who were literally erased from history

2018-05-03 09:38

It's not easy to remove a person from history, but brutal leaders throughout history have erased some of their formerly close advisors. Here are the six craziest stories of someone being erased from history.

The Great Firewall of China

2018-04-03 16:09

How to travel to a country where internet access is limited and sites like Google and Facebook are blocked.

No, Inxeba isn't a disrespectful gay sex romp

2018-03-06 12:15

The protests against Inxeba are a pathological symptom of an ingrained ideological fallacy: they assume that Xhosa society is an organic whole, united in expression and identity, writes Wamuwi Mbao.

China warns WhatsApp to stop spread of 'illegal information'

2017-09-28 09:18

China has hit out at WhatsApp, saying the messaging service should act to stop the spread of 'illegal information' as the country seeks greater scrutiny over the internet.

China starts crackdown on creators of WeChat groups

2017-09-12 16:08

Self-censorship is kicking in fast on WeChat as China’s new rules on message groups casts a chill among the 963 million users of Tencent’s social network.

Here are the 5 African countries that topped the Press Freedom Index

World Press Freedom Day on May 3 2017, marked 26 years since the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic Media. Which countries came out tops? Watch.

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This is how computer games will now be age-rated in SA – including by ‘competitive intensity’

2019-04-05 09:32

Under brand new guidelines censors will consider a range of factors when deciding if a game is suitable for children of different ages beyond just nudity or violence, including "criminal techniques" and "competitive intensity".

Responsible media think deeply about their role in society

2018-12-04 08:24

Nobody has a natural right to have their utterances broadcast raw into people's homes. It's the job of journalists and editors to decide who and what should be covered as news and with what prominence, writes Max du Preez.

A former Google China exec says the company's plan to build a censored search engine in the country is likely a violation of human rights

2018-08-12 13:01

Lokman Tsui, Google’s former head of free expression for Asia and the Pacific between until 2014, spoke out in an interview with the Intercept against the company's plan to build a search engine that would comply with the Chinese government's demands

China will lift part of its 'Great Firewall' to give foreigners access to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter on a tropical island dubbed 'Hawaii of the East'

2018-06-25 10:45

China wants to transform Hainan island into a sprawling hub for foreign investment, gambling, tourism, and luxury by 2020.

Saudi Arabia just screened ‘Black Panther,’ its first movie in 35 years — but these scenes were censored

2018-04-19 11:42

Movies screened in Saudi Arabia can expect strong censorship, particularly around scenes which feature sex, LGBT representation, and religious issues.

China banned all mention of a sassy, eye-rolling reporter after she became a meme

2018-03-14 14:31

Liang Xiangyi was caught on live TV rolling her eyes and giving a fellow reporter an extreme side-eye as she asked a rambling question at a state conference.

SA returns to apartheid-era censorship with the 'banning' of Inxeba

2018-03-06 10:47

Censorship, one of the insidious strategies used by the apartheid government, has made an ominous comeback in South Africa with the recent X18 classification of the award-winning film Inxeba, writes Liani Maasdorp.

China disrupts WhatsApp texts as censor tools grow more powerful

2017-09-26 10:22

China is tightening the screws on WhatsApp, honing and employing cutting-edge surveillance technology to disrupt the messaging service as part of a longer-term crackdown on its online spheres.

Facebook shares rules for censoring violence, sex - report

2017-05-22 17:46

In response to global criticism over its failure to block controversial material, Facebook has created a rule book for moderators to use when censoring the posts of its nearly 2 billion users.

Twitterati hit back at Mahlobo with #HandsOffSocialMedia

2017-03-06 16:20

Twitter users have taken a stand against the possible regulation of social media through the trending hashtag #HandsOffSocialMedia.

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