South Korea: TV bans sexy music video

13 November 2015

Korean television has banned K-pop star Jay Park’s latest music video due to its sexual imagery, The Korea Times reported. The video for Park’s lead single, ‘You Know,’ from his new album features Park dancing with fellow K-pop star HyunA. South Korean monitors gave the video a 19+ parental advisory …

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India: Punjab government bans ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses

11 November 2015

On 2 November 2015, the state government in Punjab imposed a ban on playing ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses with immediate effect, reported DNA India. “Random surprise checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in buses,” an official spokesperson told the …

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Thailand: Banned movie re-cut and on screens

10 November 2015

Previously banned, Thai-made horror film ‘Arbat’ is finally on screens as of 16 October 2015 after some of its controversial scenes were cut and the title was changed to ‘Apatti’ to appease a government screening committee decision.   In September 2015, the Ministry of Culture’s Film and Media Screening Committee …

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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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Malaysia: Tough censorship restrictions issued

5 November 2015

On 15 June 2015, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) tightened its censorship rules for television and now bans any scenes or dialogue that “mock, belittle, criticise the government and the country’s national sensitivities,” as well as any that “tarnish the government’s image.” LPF chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid …

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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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Indonesia: Cultural festival censored

3 November 2015

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, one of South-East Asia’s biggest cultural and literary events, running from 28 October to 1 November 2015, has been forced by local authorities to cancel some of its key programs. The censorship is unprecedented in the 12-year history of the festival, reported Indonesia correspondent …

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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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India: Pakistani singer’s concerts cancelled after protests

16 October 2015

Two concerts by the veteran Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali scheduled in the Indian state of Maharashtra were cancelled by the organizers after a regional Hindu right-wing party took exception to the events. The Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist party that is part of the coalition government in Maharashtra State, asked …

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