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Another example of internet censorship is coming out in the news. No this time it is not China but it is Russia. Vladimir Putin made comments that the internet in Russia is basically a "CIA Project". This comes right after Putin made comments that Russia does not intercept data from its citizens. The Kremlin has been attempting to gain more and more control over the internet and now might be the time when they get it. The AP reported: "A Russian blogger complained to Putin that foreign websites and Yandex, the web search engine which is bigger in Russia than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Global Media News
Two Twitter accounts have been blocked in Turkey after they reportedly leaked some secret government footage. As reported in the news recently Turkey banned Twitter in a controversial decision by their Prime Minister. The ban was overturned in the Turkish courts shortly thereafter. Even though the ruling is in effect as of now some accounts have been blocked by the government. Reuters has reported that the reason for these accounts being blocked is because of the accounts leaking certain government information. "Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Global Media News
Three Lebanese journalists working for al-Manar TV were killed in a terrorist attack while doing a story in a Syrian town. The journalists were reporter Hamza Haj Hassan, cameraman Mohamad Mantash and technician Halim Allaw. The journalists were covering a story about fighting between the government and rebels who were attempting to take over the town. "In a statement, it accused 'terrorists' of killing reporter Hamza Haj Hassan, cameraman Mohamad Mantash and technician Halim Allaw who were in Maaloula to cover fighting between government forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, and rebels who took over the town in December. '(The team)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Global Media News
A new website has been launched by 3 unknown Chinese computer experts in an attempt to disrupt censorship by the Chinese government on the internet. Greatfire.org is a site that brings you to mirror image versions of blocked sites. This allows the people of China to see what their government does not want them to see. The Chinese government has gotten much more strict with its censorship laws as of late and sites such as Sina Weibo and Wechat have been greatly affected. "In China, Internet companies filter search results and block words and Web pages considered undesirable by officials... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Global Media News
A new Chinese video game has created some controversy. The game allows you to shoot at targets that have pictures of Japanese war criminals on them. The video game is entitled, "Shoot the Devils" because of the common Chinese slur that refers to the Japanese as "Japanese devils". The timing of the release of the game could not be more ironic. "The move came the same day that China’s top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, ratified two new national days: Sept. 3 to mark Japan’s defeat in World War II and Dec. 13 to commemorate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Global Media News
China has been in the news lately for censorship. Well this story still has to do with China and censorship but the big news is the fact that China is not censoring a popular television show " House of Cards". Many experts are surprised that China hasn't censored the series due to Chinese characters on the show are portrayed in a somewhat negative light. CNN has reported that not only have the Chinese politicians not censored the show, they like it. "'We didn't know the second season would have so much to do with China -- probably because of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Global Media News
United States Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited China to discuss a bunch of issues with Chinese officials, one of those issues being Internet Freedom. John Kerry believes that Internet Freedom will greatly benefit the country of China. "'Obviously, we think that Chinese economy will be stronger with greater freedom of the internet,' Kerry said at a meeting with bloggers following talks with Chinese leaders." Even though John Kerry believes that greater freedom on the internet is the way to go, the Chinese government disagrees. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying disagrees and says that no outsider could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Global Media News
Bridie Jabour reports in The Guardian that Australian government workers have been forbidden to post their views of what's going on in Parliament on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. " 'Other than in the course of their professional duties, [staff should] not post personal online commentary or other material or publish books or articles expressing personal views which relate to either their minister’s portfolio area or the general work of the Australian government,' the added statement says." Rule number 21 in the Statement of Standards for Ministerial Staff says,"Other than in the course of their professional duties,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Global Media News
Two journalists have been arrested by the Egyptian police. The arrests were videotaped and now are being used as pro government propaganda. The Egyptian government is saying that the journalists were terrorists but they are noted journalists working with an english speaking Al-Jazeera affiliate, David Kirkpatrick reports. The two journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian man previously worked for CNN and the other journalist Peter Greste an Australian correspondant previously worked for the BBC. It seems as if they have no ties to terrorism or any terrorists. The video shows the Egyptian police arresting the journalists and shows all the cameras,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Global Media News
Chinese Authorities are saying that they have been a victim of internet hacking. As Amy Qin reports that an hour long internet blockage may not have been caused by a group of hackers but by possibly the Chinese government itself. The state run newspaper reported that the abrupt stoppage of internet traffic was caused by a "mysterious attack" on the internet in China. "The Great Firewall" stopped all internet users in China from accessing .net,.org, and .com's. The issue of censorship in China continues to be a problem for the government and for the people. It seems that the government... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Global Media News
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