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· March, 2016

Stories about Censorship from March, 2016

13 March 2016

Why China's Clampdown on Ren Zhiqiang Matters

The case has become a political thermometer on Xi's attitudes towards internal ideological differences inside the party.

10 March 2016

For Its Dubbed Version, Marvel Removed Russian Insignia From a Scene in Its New ‘Captain America’ Trailer

RuNet Echo

Within hours, Internet users noticed that, in the Russian version, a soldier's arm at the very beginning of the trailer is missing the insignia visible in the original version.

9 March 2016

Kurdish Reporter Faces Jail Time in Turkey for Twitter and Facebook Posts

Advox

Turkish authorities increasingly "conflate coverage of banned groups and investigation of sensitive topics with outright terrorism or other anti-state activity."

7 March 2016

There Are Many, Many Things the Chinese Communist Party Doesn't Want Shown on TV

If producers were to follow the guidelines to the letter, TV would become very boring in China.

6 March 2016

Get a Load of What the Tibetan Delegates Wore to This Year’s Two Congresses in China

At this year's conference, netizens' attention has focused on pins bearing Chinese President Xi Jinping's image that appeared on the chests of Tibetan delegates

Twitter Reports Massive Increase in Russian Government's Content Removal Requests

RuNet EchoAdvox

In the second half of 2015 Russian government agencies submitted 1,735 requests to remove content from Twitter—more than 25 times the number submitted in the first half of 2015.

4 March 2016

Why Russian Television Said Nothing When a Nanny Beheaded a Four-Year-Old Girl

RuNet Echo

After the horrific murder of a little girl in Moscow, national television said nothing for 24 hours. That gave Internet users plenty of time to debate what the silence meant.

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

The Bridge

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

3 March 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook VP Arrested in Brazil for Refusing to Give Police WhatsApp Data

Advox

A Facebook executive is arrested in Brazil, Bolivia’s President says he wants to regulate social networks, and China shuts down 580 social media accounts for “misleading the public”.

Graphic Artists Launch Online Poster Campaign to ‘Free the Media’ in Malaysia

Advox

"We feel that the time has come for Malaysians to demand for media and internet freedom in light of the latest assault on freedom of speech in Malaysia."

2 March 2016

Russian Parents Can Now Get Text Message Alerts if Their Kids Search for ISIS Online

RuNet Echo

A new software system promises to alert Russian parents about their children's interest in extremist themes and groups like ISIS based on their social media activity.