Tagged With censorship

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Doctor Strange has gotten heavy criticism for its decision to change The Ancient One's ethnicity from Tibetan to Celtic, essentially whitewashing the character. But the issue was also about removing Tibet from the title character's origin to avoid offending China, and secure the film's release there. Turns out it worked — Doctor Strange will arrive in China on November 4, the same day it's opening in the US.

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You probably recognise Nick Ut's infamous 1972 photograph of charred Vietnamese children running away from the site of a napalm incidienary bomb detonated by the South Vietnamese Air Force in Trang Bang. Earlier this week, however, Facebook effectively banned the Pulitzer-winning photograph from its own site. Now the site is backtracking as quickly as it can.

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Well, damn. China has reportedly banned people from seductively eating bananas on film. I am devastated. According to state news outlet CCTVNews, the country has banned people from live-streaming their consumption of the delicious yellow fruit.

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In The Westport Independent you play as the editor of an independent newspaper, twisting stories to suit the agenda of those you are loyal to. You can't exactly lie in what you choose to print — but you don't have to publish the truth. And what you decide to publish will change how citizens feel about the people in power and those who oppose them.

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The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has approved the use of the 451 HTTP status code for websites that are inaccessible for legal reasons such as government censored content or blocked copyrighted material. There are limitations as to whether internet users in different geographical regions will see this error code but the approval of 451 is an acknowledgement of the prevailing issues of internet censorship and online piracy.

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In the library world, access to information is a human right, not to be tampered with or controlled in any way. The books that line the shelves have been carefully selected by a trained librarian to offer the reader a balanced approach to all topics — that is, we try to provide all points of view, whether or not we personally agree with them.

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In Soviet Russia, porno was a big no-no. And while the land of Putin has loosened up in recent years, it's still very much frowned upon. Case in point: Russia has banned PornHub and ten other sexy websites.

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Sony apparently didn't care very much that the script to its new sci-fi comedy movie Pixels is pretty bad. It did, however, go to pains to ensure that Pixels would pass Chinese censorship boards with flying colours. Goodbye integrity, hello authoritarian-sanctioned blockbuster.