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# Censorship

Last year
# China
Original 'Fight Club' ending restored in China after online backlash
The censor inserted a line of text on a black screen to say the police “rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals”.
All time
# Censorship
Hong Kong bookseller defies Beijing orders and reopens bookshop in Taiwan
Lam Wing-kee was a bookseller from Hong Kong who disappeared and then reappeared in custody of mainland China’s authorities.
# Censorship
Chinese-owned app TikTok apologises for removing viral clip which was critical of Beijing
TikTok initially denied it removed the clip but later admitted it, claiming it was done in human error.
The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?
The banning of Irish language books was less frequent even though the authors produced writing which dealt with provocative themes.
# Freedom of Speech
Calls for repeal of Censorship Act following cancellation of drag storytelling event
The coalition has called for the act to be repealed “in the name of personal freedom and mutual respect.”
# social media giant
Poll: Would Facebook's moderation policies put you off using it?
Channel 4 sent an undercover reporter into Facebook’s offices to get an insight about how it makes decisions on what to delete.
# Filtering
Explainer: Why tech experts think the EU's proposed copyright law will 'screw up the whole internet'
Internet users have been warned that even their beloved memes are at risk.
# not together
Eurovision ends contract with Chinese broadcaster after it didn't show Irish entry
The performance featured two men dancing on stage.
# Censorship
'We cannot tolerate this': Outcry after Afghanistan bans WhatsApp
Afghan authorities said that it was just “testing new technologies” when explaining the reasons for the ban.
# separate appearances
In the 21 years since Playboy hit Irish shelves, the mag has featured Rosanna Davison and Danny Healy-Rae
Playboy magazine lost its founder this week with the death of Hugh Hefner.
# ira comments
Leaked documents 'show Facebook's secret censorship rules'
The Guardian has published documents which claim to reveal what posts are and aren’t allowed on Facebook.
# Don't Mention the War
Lost in translation: Russian TV cuts unflattering Putin mention from hit US show
The Russian TV station changed the script so as to not insult Putin.
Has political correctness gone mad? 'Comedians must be allowed to offend'
Comedians are at the forefront of a battle against an assault on free speech, writes Seán Connolly.
# censorship board
Filmmakers order to cut Bollywood scenes that poked fun at lawyers
The ruling was over the comedy-drama JollyLLB 2.
# Great Firewall
Fears of intensified censorship as China passes controversial cybersecurity bill
The law bans anything that damages national honour or disturbs economic or social order.
# Japan
Artist who made kayak shaped like her vagina is convicted in obscenity trial
Megumi Igarashi said she will fight the charges.
# Censorship row
Church restricts release of gay film in Italy branding it 'indecent'
The film was shunned by more than 1,100 cinemas which are owned by the Church.
# Hong Kong
Hong Kong booksellers remain missing as mysterious letter emerges
The men are feared detained by Chinese authorities.
# happy un-holy-days
This guy is trolling Christmas itself with his controversial zombie nativity scene
Step away from the manger.
# busy
Denis O’Brien has asked another website to remove an article
Waterford Whispers yesterday removed an article after receiving a letter from O’Brien’s legal team.
India banned internet porn on Saturday, then unbanned it 48 hours later
“There’s no thinking behind the decision,” said one expert.
# Censorship
Nude painting of NCAD professor removed from student's exhibition
The student says he felt pressured into making the decision.
# Censored
WATCH: Ugandan singer faces 10 years in jail - for a music video
“My rights have been trampled upon, my freedom of expression has been trampled upon.”
# Off the air
Broadcasters who take a position on the marriage referendum may be taken off air
“This is not just a political issue, it’s my life.”
# Censorship
'Deliberate censorship': China has blocked the BBC website
The BBC is complaining to Chinese authorities about the blocking.
Opinion: Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom
A censorship order sought and secured by the Australian government sets a precedent for all common law countries – including Ireland.
# Superinjunction
Here's Wikileaks' latest revelation - about an "unprecedented" gagging order
The orgnaisation promised a big announcement last night. Here’s what it’s about.
# toadally uncool
China wants to censor a giant inflatable toad
This is a thing that is happening.
Opinion: 'Right to be forgotten' ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora's box
The ECJ ruling is a godsend for criminals who want to scrub their record clean – and sets a worrying precedent for empowering governments to act beyond their borders.
# rated R
Here are the 'pro-gay' kids books Singapore is clamping down on
A penguin with two dads, children adopted from China, and an American favourite.
# very good
Ireland is the "goodest"* country in the world
*Yes, we know.
# Tweet Tweet
Turkey has blocked people from using Twitter after threat by PM
The social network was highlighting corruption allegations against the Prime Minister’s inner circle.
# x rated
New Censorship Board being put together...solely to deal with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'
The board have not met since June 2008 and its future is being considered by the Government.
# Censorship
Turkish PM backtracks on his threat to ban Facebook and YouTube
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that the government was considering shutting down Facebook and youTube in a bid to prevent secretly wiretapped recordings from being leaked.
# Freedom of Expression
Turkish government heavily criticised after passing "Orwellian" internet laws
The new law will allow the Turkish government to block access to websites and request users’ communications and traffic information from providers without a court order.
Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O'Neill
The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?
# Censorship
Censorship Board can't be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'
And everyone struggled to keep a straight face in the Dáil this morning…
# Censorship
China orders internet users to use real names for video uploads
Rights groups have criticised the move saying it allows the Chinese government to further control freedom of expression.
# Censorship
China has blocked its citizens from reading the Guardian
It is not clear why the move was taken as there has been little written about the country in recent days.
# Freedom of Speech
Global censorship could end in a decade says Google boss
Eric Schmidt believes that better encryption methods will help prevent governments from restricting freedom of expression.