Tajikistan: Book manuscript confiscated

30 January 2014

Tajikistan appears to be cracking down on the freedoms of speech and thought, and intellectuals find little room for reasoned discourse, reported on 28 January 2014. In July 2013, authorities in Tajikistan confiscated the only manuscript of a little-known novelist’s latest book. The author, Pulod Abuev, 69, later appealed to representatives …

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China: Authorities tightens regulations for books and online films

23 January 2014

Chinese authorities are requiring makers of online films to gain licenses and report their content before it is posted, tightening regulation of what in recent years has been a more freewheeling genre than China’s traditional film industry. China’s online video sites have provided an accessible platform for filmmakers of all …

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China: ‘Tiananmen singer’ Cui Jian censored

22 January 2014

The Chinese musician Cui Jian whose song became the unofficial anthem for demonstrating students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests declined a major public appearance over censorship concerns. Cui Jian was due to play at China’s Spring Festival Gala, one of the most watched programmes anywhere on the planet which …

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China/USA: The battle over censorship

18 January 2014

“There is great and welcome continuity in the struggle against censorship and authoritarian rule.” China’s Wei Jingsheng, author of the 1978 democracy manifesto that brought him 18 years in Chinese jails, voices absolute confidence that today’s counterrevolutionary assault on the freedom of thought will fail. » See on

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India: Art themed on same-sex issues face censorship

17 December 2013

The recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court reinstating a colonial-era law banning gay sex on 11 December 2013 has caused anger and dismay from the Indian art community. Not just because same-sex intercourse has been criminalised, but because there could be far-reaching effects of the law, including censorship of …

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China: Free jailed Tibetan singers, stars tell China

16 December 2013

In 2013, China jailed seven Tibetan singers after they wrote and performed songs celebrating Tibet, opposing China’s occupation and calling for freedom. They join three other singers imprisoned in 2012. Peter Gabriel and Radiohead back campaign to free the imprisoned Tibetan singers who have received prison sentences of up to …

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China/Hong Kong: Artists demand freedom from interference

16 December 2013

More than 250 artists and arts groups have signed a petition urging the government to review its arts policy, as part of a campaign to protect autonomy and creative freedom. Campaign organisers also want the government to introduce guidelines that will prevent interference in the creative process by the management …

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China: Campaign to protect free speech in Tibet

10 December 2013

To highlight the fast shrinking space for writers and artists to freely and fearlessly express their views and to pressure China to respect Tibetan rights, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, in partnership with Voice of Tibet and Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is running a ‘Banned Expression’ campaign on …

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