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2020/11/06 | East Asia Forum

Chinese-Style Censorship Is No Fix for the Covid-19 Infodemic

China’s control has turned its internet environment into a hotbed of distorted information and ultra-nationalistic narratives.

2020/04/08 | Kirsten Han

Coronavirus: How Effective Is Singapore’s Anti-Fake News Law?

The so-called anti-fake news law in Singapore — POFMA — doesn't stop all misinformation, while leaving in place a powerful mechanism that can be abused when the crisis is over.

2020/03/24 | Xiaochen Su

Coronavirus Furthers Chinese-Style Internet Censorship in Singapore

Singapore's use of its anti-misinformation law resembles Chinese-style censorship.

2018/12/14 | Global Voices

China's Caging of Domestic Twitterati Ominous for Overseas Users

One Twitter user said that using the social messaging service in China is now 'more dangerous than street demonstrations.'

2018/06/27 | East Asia Forum

CHINA: Communist Party Battles to Have Last Laugh on Web Censorship

Communist Party moves to shut down a satirical app are squeezing Chinese people's right to laugh.

2018/05/10 | Jules Quartly

The Ban that Never Was: Peppa Pig, AI and Porkie Pies

AI-inspired Peppa content pushed an online publishing platform into deep water in China, but the headlines missed a deeper argument over whether the state can or should rule on what media people consume.

2018/04/06 | GlobalVoices 全球之聲

MYANMAR: Online Defamation Cases Are Silencing Critics

Civil society groups are trying to blow the lid off a de-facto censorship law in Myanmar as defamation cases increase under the democratically elected government.

2018/02/07 | Li Jun and Cecilia Milwertz

Taking Action on #MeToo in China

Despite a campaign to quell the circulation of the meme on social media, various institutions are putting mechanisms in place to counter sexual harassment.

2018/01/02 | GlobalVoices 全球之聲

Threats to Online Expression Plague South Asia

From internet shutdowns to killings of journalists, clampdowns on internet freedoms are on the rise across the region.

2017/12/21 | GlobalVoices 全球之聲

Dirty GIFs and Seditious Memes are Under Fire in Indonesia

Authorities threatened to block WhatsApp if the messenger app did not block 'obscene' content.

2017/12/12 | Daniel Fazio

OPINION: Australia Must Confront China's Academic Interference

The recent decision not to publish the book "Silent Invasion" which examines the growing and surreptitious CCP influence in Australia, raises alarming questions for academic freedom, public discourse, and publishing in Australia.

2017/11/30 | Michael Clarke

China Tightens Grip in Xinjiang amid Belt and Road

Comprehensive control of 'stability' in Xinjiang has become a heightened strategic imperative with the launch of China's Belt and Road initiative.

2017/11/29 | David Green

Lee Ming-che's Sentence Chills Taiwan NGOs

Lee Ming-che's sentencing to five years in prison in China for the crime of 'subversion' has had a marked chilling effect on the actions and communications of Taiwan's NGOs. The case also suggests Taiwan's wider population faces an insidious dilemma: whether or not to self-censor. 

2017/11/19 | Merriden Varrall

Fearing Beijing's Ire, the Australian Publishing Industry is Censoring Itself

It seems that China has not actually taken any action to influence this decision, but publishers are still playing it safe.

2017/11/03 | Louisa Lim

Xi's 'New Era' Censorship Bans Books, Curbs Curiosity

'What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who would want to read one.' The ideological conformity of the New Era hints at a frightening prospect: that both Orwell and Huxley's fears could be realized simultaneously in Xi Jinping's China.

2017/08/27 | Sally Tyler

'The King and I' Re-Imagined: Thailand's Dangerous Libel Laws

A U.S. production of The King and I is a reminder of lèse majesté laws in Thailand, and the renewed importance of artistic free expression amid Trump’s call for tightening of libel laws.

2017/08/25 | Jonathan Sullivan

The Cambridge Saga and Upholding Western Academic Values in the Face of Chinese Censors

It goes without saying that from the point of view of the integrity of the academic endeavour CUP has made the right decision. While we wait to see how CUP’s business in China may be affected