Tag: Censorship

Facebook says order to block States Times Review could stifle freedom of expression in Singapore

Singapore—Facebook is deeply concerned about the order from the Singaporean Government to block access to the States Times Review (STR). The blocking of access is said to contradict what the Government has said that the country’s law against fake news would not be used...

Facebook shuts down Malay/Muslim news page Rilek1Corner

Singapore—Rilek1Corner, a Facebook page popular with many members of the Singapore Malay/Muslim community was shut down on December 11. According to the creators of the page, access to the pages has been taken away from the editors and they have also been removed from...

Chinese netizens feel “betrayed” by Mark Zuckerberg

A trending article on WeChat paints a different picture of the once well-loved Mark Zuckerberg in China. The article titled "China’s good son-in-law’ Zuckerberg suddenly stabbed his ‘father-in-law’ in the back" depicts a sense of betrayal felt by the Chinese people. This follows Zuckerberg's recent stance...

Backlash grows over ‘Abominable’ film’s disputed S. China Sea map

by Patrick Lee A scene in the film "Abominable" featuring a map with Beijing's disputed South China Sea claims sparked a growing regional backlash Friday, with Malaysia cutting the segment just days after Vietnam pulled the movie entirely. The animated film about a Chinese teenager helping...

Aussie retailers pull #MeToo book after legal threats

Two major retailers in Australia have removed a book on Harvey Weinstein from sale, after legal threats from a man who features prominently in the story that sparked the #MeToo movement. Lawyers acting for Australian journalist Dylan Howard, an executive at American Media Inc (AMI),...

Beijing orders Chinese social and dating apps to remove “illegal content”

As part of China's growing scourge of the internet, several social apps have temporarily suspended user posting. Momo, TanTan and DingTalk are among apps that shut down some sections following a government order to screen for and remove "illegal content". Read: Govt confirms that fake news...

Amazon killing Asean writers

Zieda Nazri, a young enterprising writer from Malaysia, speaks to us about the pitfalls of self-publishing in the country where arts and literature is in the veins of many but where only the few gets published. Zieda tried to sell her books on Amazon.com but she...

Is MDA’s censorship practice outmoded and archaic?

Officers of Media Development Authority (MDA) do not expect the public to agree with their decision, said Minister of communication and information Dr.Yaacob Ibrahim. He also added that public disagreement on a decision on classifying content is a good indication of MDA striking a...

MDA and Rainbow

Finally, the MDA has given its reason  why the song Rainbow was not sung at the outdoor concert  by Taiwanese pop diva A-mei on June 7. In a letter published in Today, it said: "In licensing arts entertainment events such as pop concerts, the MDA’s objective...

Cops in the theatre: Pushback by artists

Just one day before Roy Ngerng and his team spoke at Hong Lim Park to a large crowd of sympathisers, a smaller group met at a smaller venue to tell Singaporeans why it was pushing back against the government’s new censorship proposals for arts...