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World Censorship

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19th Feb
Poster Inxeba 2017 John Trengove
Wounded by censors
A south African film with a gay theme has been effectively banned from mainstream cinema release by the film censor by unfairly classifying it as pornography
World NewsWorld News freedom house logo
Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis
Freedom House publishes its annual survey

18th Feb
Poster Happy Family 2017 Holger Tappe
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Black Magic Part 2, The Wild Life

17th Feb
Poster Bookshop 2017 Isabel Coixet
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions
World NewsAsia Pacific kofic logo
Putting past censorship wrongs right
Korea appoints a new head of the Korean Film Council
World NewsMiddle East al arabiya logo
Updated: Severe punishment
Ofcom fines Al Arabiya News channel from the UAE for broadcasting a prison confession extracted via torture

16th Feb
Poster Un Beau Soleil Intrieur 2017 Claire Denis
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

15th Feb
Poster Detective Chinatown 2 2018 Chen Sicheng
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Mom and Dad, Hostile, Massacre County
UK NewsUK News impress 2016 logo
Calling for secretly funded press censorship
Max Mosley launches legal action against several newspapers to delete coverage of his BDSM parties and his funding of the Impress press censor
EU NewsWest Europe reverse netzdg
Extract: Flawed Social Media Law
Human Rights Watch criticises the recent German internet censorship law that leaves social media companies with little choice but to take down any complained about posts without due consideration
World NewsAsia Pacific surveillance
I am not a number! I am a surveillance database entry
Thailand asks developers to speed up its 'Foreigner Database' that will record the entries and exits of all foreigners, and require them to report to local police every time they change hotel or address

14th Feb
Poster Gods Not Dead a Light in Darkn 2018 Michael Mason
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BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Nile Hilton Incident 2017 Tarik Saleh
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7th Feb
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
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EU NewsWest Europe
Banning lucky bags
Germany and Sweden to consider banning loot boxes from video games played by children
World NewsMiddle East

6th Feb
Updated: Severe punishment
Ofcom fines Al Arabiya News channel from the UAE for broadcasting a prison confession extracted via torture
World NewsEast Europe
Offsite Article: Russia's Internet Censorship on the rise
A new report has revealed the escalating internet censorship situation in Russia, with a record number of cases being reported in the past year.
UK NewsUK News

4th Feb
Taking a bow
Royal Court theatre in London pulls drama about Tibet for fear of offending China
World NewsAsia Pacific

3rd Feb
Don't mention the human rights
China praises Theresa May for not bringing up the issue of human rights abuse
EU NewsWest Europe

2nd Feb
The Origin of Facebook's World
Facebook defends art censorship case in France saying that the complaint has been made to the wrong part of the company
World NewsAsia Pacific
Perhaps a holiday in Thailand is not such a good idea...
Thailand is now enforcing a new law that allows for a year in prison for smoking on the beach
EU NewsWest Europe

1st Feb
Updated: But disregard for justice and free speech hardly puts Poland on the moral high ground
MPs approve law to send people who say 'Polish death camps' to Polish prison camps
World NewsAsia Pacific
But at least it helps keeps China's businesses out of the west
China official bans censor evading VPNs from the end of March
World NewsAsia Pacific
Blued out
Gay dating apps banned from Google Play Store on orders from the Indonesian government

31st Jan
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
World NewsMiddle East

30th Jan
Censorship Diktat
Stage play, Only a dictator is banned in Turkey's major cities
Offsite Article: Moralist Upsurge in Brazil Revives Censorship of the Arts
The offensive affects the artistic world in general, not just the shows or exhibitions that have been directly cancelled in recent months.
UK NewsUK News

29th Jan
Justice not seen to be done
Humberside police launch a one sided prosecution of an innocent man who joked about gypsies, just so that they can virtue signal about how seriously they take hate crime
South AsiaSouth Asia
Updated: Priority issues
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court directs that the government sets up a committee of telecoms and TV censors to ban pornography
World NewsAsia Pacific
Wrong think
Chinese internet censor closes Weibo's trending and most searched sections
World NewsAsia Pacific

28th Jan
Uneasiness among the community
Padmaavat banned in Malaysia
South AsiaSouth Asia

27th Jan
Updated: Opening show
Padmavat is cleared for national release by India's Supreme Court and by the BBFC
World NewsAsia Pacific
Offsite Article: The News China Didn't Want Reported in 2017
Leaked newspaper censorship orders hint at the regime's priorities, but tighter controls have made them harder to obtain.
World NewsEast Europe

26th Jan
Updated: Considered fake history by Russia
UK comedy, The Death of Stalin, is banned in Russia after offending MPs and bigwigs.

24th Jan
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World NewsEast Europe
Considered fake history by Ukraine
UK book, Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor is banned in Ukraine
World NewsAsia Pacific
Culture of corruption
South Korea's former culture minister jailed for maintaining a blacklist of entertainers who did not support the government
EU NewsWest Europe

23rd Jan
Let's Stop the Censorship Machines
A few MEPs produce YouTube video highlighting the corporate and state censorship that will be enabled by an EU proposal to require social media posts to be approved before posting by an automated censorship machine
UK NewsUK News
Censor or else!
Seems like a government propaganda campaign calling for more censorship by internet companies, this time with a recent GCHQ boss chipping in.
World NewsMiddle East
Updated: The distributors go postal
Steven Spielberg's The Post is unbanned in Lebanon after government minister overrules censors
World NewsAsia Pacific
Rappers rapped
China bans hip hop and tattoos from TV
EU NewsWest Europe

22nd Jan
The accuser is always right
The EU Commission reports that internet companies are now censoring a higher proportion of posts that are reported for being 'illegal hate speech'
UK NewsUK News

21st Jan
Free expression vs privacy
Two UK court cases set to test Google's decisions over deleting factual data concerning convicted criminals from search results
World NewsMiddle East
Updated: Suggestive of repression
Another Egyptian singer is arrested for supposed debauchery in a decidedly unsexy music video
World NewsEast Europe

20th Jan
Putting Russia First
Russia uses film censorship laws to handicap Paddington Bear 2 and give a local film a head start
World NewsEast Europe

18th Jan
A poisoned watermelon of a film
Ukraine bans the Russian film Mathilde over a blacklisted Russian musician
World NewsAsia Pacific
Offsite Article: Censorship flagged up
An interesting example of the long reach of Chinese censors to Canada

17th Jan
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Latest classification decisions
South AsiaSouth Asia
Updated: Amidst continuing violence
Padmavat finally passed by India's film censor after cuts but remains banned in 3 states
World NewsExtreme Porn
Offsite Article: A legal hub
The latest reports from Pornhub and the likes show what types of porn people like but perhaps also a timely reminder about the legalities of downloading porn in the UK
UK NewsUK News

14th Jan
Offsite Article: Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right
Nick Cohen notes that the illiberal left's suffocation of free speech is not winning many people to their cause
EU NewsWest Europe
Offsite Article: Another example of censorship backfire
Can social media become less hateful by law? Germany is trying it -- and failing

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World Censors Index Australia:  Film Classification Board
China:  SARFT State Adminstration of Radio, Film and Television
Germany:  Video & Game Censorship
Hong Kong:  Home of Category III
India:  CBFC Central Board of Film Certification
Ireland:  IFCO Irish Film Classification Office
Italy:  Film Censorship Committee
Japan:  Eirin Eiga Rinri Iinkai (Film Classification and Rating Committee)
Malta:  Board of Film and Stage Classification
New Zealand:  OFLC Office of Film and Literature Classification
Pakistan:  CBFC Central Board of Film Certification
Singapore:  MDA Media Development Authority
South Africa:  FPB Film and Publications Board
Thailand:  Ministry of Censorial Culture
UAE:  NMC National Media Council
USA:  ESRB Entertainment Software Ratings Board
USA:  MPAA The Motion Picture Association of America


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