US responds to China’s heightened censorship

China restricted access to US news agency Bloomberg this past week.  According to Bloomberg spokesperson Ty Trippet this is in reaction to a recent article divulging the familial wealth of Xi Jinping, the man expected to be the next Chinese president.  The article, which ran June 29, explains the extreme wealth of the Xi family, [...]

Recent Unrest in North Africa May Change Approaches to Censorship

As riots continue in North Africa from December into the new year, changes to regimes in Algeria and Tunisia are also bringing changes to censorship practices in the region. Some highlights from the blogosphere to date: Algeria The World Socialist Website noted that among the public works protesters destroyed were police stations, banks, and government [...]

Facebook Blocked in Uzbekistan

Coinciding with Reporters Without Borders release of the Press Freedom Index on October 20, Facebook was blocked in Uzbekistan for a day when the report listed the country as 163rd out of 178 countries. Ranked near countries such as Libya and Cuba, the Eurasian country was placed only slightly above China (171st), Iran (175th), and [...]

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