Chinese citizens will soon need to scan their face before they can access internet services or get a new phone number

2019-10-10 11:07

China's roughly 854 million internet users will soon need to use facial identification in order to apply for new internet or mobile services.

Hawks deny investigating Daily Maverick journalist

2019-07-30 16:50

The Hawks have denied reports that it is investigating a Daily Maverick journalist, and has pointed out that a police official has laid a charge against her in his personal capacity.

Primedia to probe former host Karima Brown's claim that Radio 702 'censored' her

2019-07-04 15:36

Primedia says it will be investigating a claim by former Radio 702 host Karima Brown that she was 'censored' at the station, an internal communique shows, days after it was announced that her contract will not be renewed.

Google was grilled about China and other hot-button topics during its investor meeting

2019-06-20 11:00

Google CEO Sundar Pichai did not answer a single question during the 30-minute Q&A period.

Twitter apologised for suspending accounts of Chinese government critics ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

2019-06-03 09:10

Twitter came under fire after accounts of critics of the Chinese government were shut down ahead of anniversary protests at Tiananmen Square.

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.


Malema bans amaBhungane and Daily Maverick's Scorpio from EFF events: 'We shall treat them as enemies'

2019-09-12 16:46

"We declare them as an enemy of the revolution, they should never participate in our events, we should never answer any question from amaBhugane, Daily Maverick from Scorpio. Let them write any nonsense they want to write about us. We know [the person] who writes their questions is Pravin."

Ethiopia jails critics in crackdown after killings: activists

2019-07-10 18:49

Ethiopia is using last month's assassination of high-ranking officials as a pretext to arrest critics with no apparent links to the attacks, international and domestic rights activists said Wednesday.

Stop harassment, but don't kill YouTube in the process

2019-06-25 06:00

YouTube’s latest attempt to crack down on hate speech has produced significant collateral damage, says Karl W. Smith.

China just blocked The Washington Post and The Guardian from the country's internet

2019-06-10 09:35

The two newspapers were among the last major English news site still accessible to mainland Chinese residents.

Here are all the major US tech companies blocked behind China's 'Great Firewall'

2019-05-24 08:32

Although Huawei has only recently been banned in the US, China has long blocked major US tech companies like Facebook and Google from operating there.

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.

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