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Ukraine: Tax police raid TV station before election

Ukraine’s tax police raided the office of television station TVi yesterday, accusing the often critical outlet of tax evasion. TVi interrupted its usual programming to show tax inspectors going through financial documents in its Kiev office. The State Tax Service said it had launched a criminal case against TVi’s chief executive,

Pakistan: Television station attacked

The Karachi offices of Pakistani television station Aaj news and English-language daily Business Recorder were attacked on 25 June. Four men reportedly attacked the offices, opening fire inside of the building and injuring two employees. A spokesman for the militant Islamic group Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was

Syrian pro-government TV station bombed

The Damascus headquarters of pro-government Syrian station Al-Ikhbariya were attacked yesterday. Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi told state television that the station’s offices were bombed, killing four security guards and three journalists.  He also said that equipment was stolen from the station.

Balochistan: Urdu-language TV stations suspended

Urdu-language television stations available via cable were suspended in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan province on Wednesday, after the Cable Operators Association received threats from nationalist groups. Babark Khan, president of the Balochistan Cable Operators Association, told the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) that he received a threatening letter in writing from

Ukraine: TV journalists protest channel closures

Ukranian journalists have gathered in Kharkiv to protest the closure of local television channels. The protesters, who gathered at the Mayor’s office on Monday, taped their mouths closed and brought a symbolic coffin which they said was filled with reports that were not aired as a result of the closures.

China tightens television censorship

Hunan Broadcasting System, one of China’s largest television networks, has told the Financial Times it will reduce entertainment content and revamp its programming to comply with new government broadcasting standards. The network has outposts in Hong Kong and North America and is known for airing Super Girl, a version of UK’s

Iran jams BBC Persian Television

Iran has jammed the BBC’s Persian Television service following its coverage of political unrest in Egypt. The electronic signal jamming satellites carrying the BBC signal has been traced back to Iran. BBC Persia has being carrying extensive rolling coverage of the Egyptian protests. The channel has suffered from intermittent attempts

Sex, divorce, censorship and the church

Sex, divorce, censorship and the church

Ana Arana finds out how the producers of Mexican telenovelas sidestep government and Church outrage

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