Censorship

  • Right to be 'forgotten' is creating 'memory holes' in the Internet: Wikipedia August 7, 2014

    Washington: The foundation which operates the Wikipedia information website said on Wednesday an EU court ruling on the right to be "forgotten" is creating "memory holes" in the Internet. The ruling "is undermining the world's ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events," said Lila Tretikov, executive...
  • US: Thai coup repressive, likely to last June 25, 2014

    Washington: Thailand's recent military takeover is more repressive and likely to endure longer than the last military coup eight years ago, a senior US official has said. Top diplomat for Southeast Asia, Scot Marciel, voiced concern over censorship of media and the Internet and detentions and intimidation of hundreds of political...
  • Egypt police confiscate rights group's publication June 15, 2014

    Cairo: Egyptian security forces confiscated copies of a human rights group's newsletter, and arrested a worker in the print shop, saying the publication threatened the government, the head of the group said today. Gamal Eid, the head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, said police seized 1,000 copies of...
  • China disrupts Google services ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre June 2, 2014

    Beijing: Google services are being disrupted in China ahead of this week's 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on prodemocracy demonstrators around Beijing's Tiananmen Square, a censorship watchdog said on Monday. GreatFire.org said in a blog post that the government appeared to have begun targeting Google's main search engine and Gmail,...
  • Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire March 22, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's telecommunications authority said it had blocked access to the social...
  • China claims to have 'cleaned' the Internet with crackdown on rumour November 29, 2013

    Beijing: China's campaign against online rumours, which critics say is crushing free speech, has been highly successful in "cleaning" the Internet, a top official of the country's Internet regulator said on Thursday. China has the world's most sophisticated online censorship system, known outside the country as the Great Firewall. It blocks...
  • 'Microsoft blocks censorship of Skype in China' November 28, 2013

    Beijing: Microsoft Corp. has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, as the Chinese government steps up censorship of the Internet. Skype said on Monday it had ended an eightyear jointventure with Hong Kongbased TOM Group...
  • Censorship around the world will end in a decade: Google's Eric Schmidt November 22, 2013

    Washington: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has a bold prediction: Censorship around the world could end in a decade, and better use of encryption will help people overcome government surveillance. In a lecture at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, the executive of the world's biggest web search company made a pitch...
  • 'Technical glitch' gives Iranians temporary access to Facebook September 17, 2013

    Dubai: Iranians gained direct access to Facebook and Twitter for the first time in four years because of a technical fault, an Iranian official said on Tuesday, denying suggestions the government had lifted a ban on social media. On Monday evening, several Iranians said they gained access to their accounts without...
  • Pakistan ban on Google's YouTube challenged in court September 16, 2013

    Islamabad: ToffeeTV has hit an unexpected snag. The Internet startup depended on YouTube to promote "Hokey-Pokey," "The Umm Nyum Nyum Song" and other language-teaching clips it produces for children, but the video-sharing website has been banned in Pakistan for nearly a year. The measure was imposed to block videos that Muslims...
  • PirateBay launches PirateBrowser to help circumvent censorship August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Torrent index PirateBay marked its 10th birthday with the release of PirateBrowser, a Web browser to help circumvent censorship and Internet blockades. The PirateBrowser is a preconfigured Firefox portable browser bundled with a Tor client and includes the FoxyProxy, a proxy management addon. It also includes custom configurations to...
  • UK to automatically block online porn, users have to opt in to access July 23, 2013

    London: Internet service providers in Britain will be asked to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday. Cameron announced the move as part of measures to stop extreme sexual images he said were "corroding childhood." In a speech to a children's...
  • Karnataka HC allows licensed bars to employee women bartenders July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to allow all licensed bars to employee women bartenders from Tuesday. The High Court has also asked the Restaurant Owners' Association to 'try' to adhere to the guidelines given by the government for the next three months. The court further...
  • Karnataka: Women working in bars must wear trousers, be 21 years old July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: After a plea filed by the Restaurant Owners' Association in the Karnataka High Court, the state government on Tuesday told the court that it had notified new rules for employing women in places where liquor is served. Karnataka government informed the High Court that women bar employees should be...
  • Online censorship: SC to hear plea against govt action May 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking to restrain government authorities from taking any coercive action against anyone for posting alleged objectionable comments on social networking sites. An application was filed before the apex court seeking its direction to the authorities not to take...
  • Watch: Bollywood filmmakers speak on censorship May 7, 2013

    Over the years film censorship in Hindi cinema has undergone many changes. As Bollywood celebrates 100 years of its inception, lets find out what is still taboo in films. ...
  • Govt to appeal against HC order blocking anti-IIPM web pages February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Bowing to public pressure the government on Thursday will challenge the Gwalior High Court's order of blocking 78 webpages, of which 73 had articles critical of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and its director Arindam Chaudhuri. The court order had asked Director General of Indian Computer...
  • DoT orders blocking of 73 URLs with content critical of IIPM: Report February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The news of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) reportedly asking Internet service providers to block access to 78 URLs from India had the Indian cyberspace abuzz. According to a DoT directive dated February 14, 2013, addressed to all Internet service licensees, accessed by MediaNama, a website that covers...
  • States should implement censor board decisions: Tewari January 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday said states should implement the decisions of the censor board regarding screening of films but refrained from commenting on Kamal Haasan's controversial movie 'Vishwaroopam' saying the matter was in court. "Since the High court has once again taken the matter...
  • Irresponsible journalism has serious consequences: PM November 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday appealed to the media to act responsibly to maintain social harmony. Greeting the members of the Press on National Press Day, the Prime Minister, in his message, also said restrictions on the media was not a solution. In his message, he said, "It...
  • India 2nd on the snoopy countries list: Google November 15, 2012

    New York: Indicating a growing trend of the government surveillance of Internet activities of people and organisations, India sought confidential web user details in as many as 2,319 cases from Google in the first six months of 2012. Besides, the number of items sought to be removed from Google's various...
  • Twitter shuts out German neoNazi group's account October 19, 2012

    Berlin: Twitter has for the first time blocked an account using a new tool that allows it to bar content in individual countries, shutting out a banned German neoNazi group at the behest of local authorities. Twitter spokesman Dirk Hensen told The Associated Press in an email on Thursday that the...
  • Facebook, YouTube blocked in Kashmir October 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Internet users in Kashmir are unable to access Facebook and YouTube. The government had issued orders to Internet service providers to restrict access to the websites. This move is believed to be in response to the protests against the antiIslam video on YouTube. It was previously reported that the...
  • Aseem arrest: Govt against censorship, says Soni September 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The arrest of Aseem Trivedi on sedition charges for his cartoons on Monday gave BJP fresh ammunition to target the UPA, even as the government said it was against censorship but wanted citizens to respect national symbols. BJP alleged that while the UPA government was involved in corruption cases...
  • Govt has no plans censor Internet: Telecom Secy September 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Asserting that government has no plan to censor Internet, Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar on Tuesday said a combination of self regulation and government intervention needs to be worked out. "There is neither an intent nor a desire in the government to censor the Internet. That be absolutely clear," Chandrashekhar...
  • Haphazard censorship? Leaked list of blocked sites August 23, 2012

    New Delhi: An analysis of a leaked list of items that were ordered to be blocked by Indian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on directions from the Department of Telecom bring to light the inconsistencies in India's online censorship efforts. Pranesh Prakash, programme manager at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS),...
  • Russian Wikipedia protests censorship plans July 10, 2012

    Moscow: The Russian version of Wikipedia, the world's largest free online encyclopaedia, temporarily suspended work Tuesday protesting a bill that proposes a unified digital blacklist of all websites containing banned content. The draft legislation has been criticised by civil rights activists and internet providers as an attempt to introduce censorship of...
  • India tops censorship requests: Google report June 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Google has released its latest Transparency Report and as expected India does not feature very favourably on it. According to Google the number of content removal requests the compqamny received increased by 49 per cent as compared to the previous reporting period. On Monday Google released data showing government...
  • Anonymous India to use RTI to fight censorship June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: After a spate of attacks on a number of Indian websites and a ground protest event on June 9, that evoked lukewarm response, hactivist group Anonymous Operation India has chosen the Right to Information Act (RTI) as the latest tool in their battle against Internet censorship. Anonymous India is...
  • Anonymous hackers take down MTNL website June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: A hacking group said it attacked the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) website, accusing the company of censoring content on the Internet. The corporate website of MTNL, which caters to the major Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, was down for at least six hours. A post on...