China: Hollywood film banned from release

11 March 2016

The world’s second-largest theatrical market has denied release of Ryan Reynold’s superhero blockbuster ‘Deadpool’ due to its violence, nudity and graphic language, reported The Hollywood Reporter on 17 January 2016. Hollywood Reporter sources told the news site that China’s censorship authorities, who often work with Hollywood studios to produce “cleaned-up” …

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China: Singers banned for nationalist statements and actions

21 January 2016

Taiwanese-born singer Michael Huang’s songs and appearances on shows have been banned on Taiwanese media after he made critical comments against a teen pop star holding up the island’s flag during her appearance on a TV show, reported Now K Pop. On 8 January 2016 Huang posted a message on …

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China: Hip-hop group censored and detained

6 January 2016

Chinese rap trio IN3 may never be able perform in Beijing after garnering the current unenviable status of having the top 17 spots in China’s list of 120 banned songs, according to the Daily Mail. Due to the blacklist the Beijing-based group has had a difficult time finding venues to …

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China: Concert with North Korean band cancelled

14 December 2015

The North Korean pop group Moranbong Band was scheduled to perform in Beijing, China, on 12 December 2015 to cultivate ties between the two countries, but their concert was abruptly cancelled without explanation a few hours before they were to have entered the stage at the city’s National Centre. A …

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China: Authorities ban art exhibition on violence against women

1 December 2015

Beijing authorities banned an art exhibition about feminism and domestic violence just before it was set to open, organisers said on 26 November 2015. The exhibition, timed for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, was due to open on 25 November 2015 at Beijing’s …

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China: Publishers pledge to fight censorship

6 November 2015

On 15 October 2015, twelve major US publishers have pledged to work together against Chinese censorship practices on works by foreign authors. The pledge comes after findings from a PEN May 2015 report, ‘Censorship and Conscience,’ showing that upon translation, books by foreign authors were censored, often without the knowledge …

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China: New film law to address censorship

4 November 2015

A draft of China’s first film law aims to ease and clarify the country’s censorship process, though regulations will continue to exist. The law was debated on 30 October 2015 by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, ABC News reported. The country’s film market is heavily regulated and …

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China: Tibetan musician released from prison

30 October 2015

Chinese authorities had sentenced Pema Rigzin to two and a half years in prison, but released him after 11 months. After his release, a crowd welcomed him home. Freemuse welcomes the release of Pema Rigzin (also spelled: Rigdzin). “Many Tibetan singers produce songs about issues of concern to a majority …

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China: Malaysian rapper told to make no controversial statements

26 October 2015

The Malaysian rapper Namewee (real name: Wee Meng Chee) has become the latest to join a growing number of artists and brands facing limitations on their performance in China. Namewee posted a statement on Facebook on 19 October 2015 that he had been forced by his Hong Kong concert promoter …

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