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Stricter and subtler: how China has ramped up instant messaging censorship

Stricter and subtler: how China has ramped up instant messaging censorship

The chat application LINE has strengthened its censorship methods in mainland China by targeting phrases and word combinations.

China: Chen Xiwo banned book published in English

China: Chen Xiwo banned book published in English

Chen Xiwo, described as “one of China’s most outspoken voices on freedom of expression for writers” by Asia Sentinel, has spoken about how he challenged the Chinese government’s decision to censor his latest book ahead of its launch in English.

India: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 24 Sept

India: Frontline Freespeech Workshop, 24 Sept

Index on Censorship in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, India, invite you to a workshop to launch Frontline Freespeech, a pilot project seeking to amplify the voice of individuals under pressure.

India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

India’s Modi bypasses mainstream media and takes to Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift with India's mainstream press. Mahima Kaul reports

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

Malaysia: The newspaper that can’t print “Allah”

An appeal for Catholic newspaper The Herald to be allowed to print the word Allah in its Malaysian edition has been turned down. Tom Francis writes

Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia

Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia

A piece of proposed legislation in the senate in Australia is attempting to wrestle with the legacy of the Snowden leaks with potential implications for media freedom. Nicholas Williams reports

Are India’s internet laws ready for the digital age?

Are India’s internet laws ready for the digital age?

The Global Network Initiative and the Internet and Mobile Association of India have launched an interactive slide show exploring how India’'s internet and technology laws are holding back economic innovation and freedom of expression.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.

Pakistan’s complicated media freedom threats

Pakistan’s complicated media freedom threats

Pakistan's journalists are daily confronted with a bleak statistic: Since 1992, 30 journalists have been murdered in Pakistan; 28 with impunity. Milana Knezevic reports

Thailand: Can the junta deliver on promises to “bring back happiness”?

Thailand: Can the junta deliver on promises to “bring back happiness”?

The junta’s message to the public is, don’t worry about the abrogation of human rights, freedom of assembly and the clampdown on the media, writes Tom McGregor

India’s social media “peace force”

India’s social media “peace force”

Indians have organised online to stop social media postings looking to incite communal tension. Will it work, and is it a threat to free expression? Mahima Kaul reports

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

The “slippery slope” of Chinese literary censorship

American journalist Evan Osnos says he turned down the opportunity to publish a copy of his new book in China because censors asked for almost a quarter to be struck out. The case highlights the dilemma writers face publishing in a country now hungry for western works, reports Dinah Gardner

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