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India: Fundamentals of censorship allegedly ‘skewed and misused’

27 June 2014

“In India the fundamentals of censorship seem to be skewed in many ways, and also misused,” wrote Shaumik Samar Ghosh in an article titled ‘Censuring the Censors’, which was published in The Indian Republic, India’s largest not-for-profit news portal, on 27 June 2014. “How does Indian censorship work? Article 19(a) …

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Singapore: Censorship of pop star A-mei condemned by fans

26 June 2014

The Singaporean government’s censorship last week of a song by Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (阿妹) at a music festival has sparked heated condemnation from Taiwanese internet-users.  The government reportedly said that lyrics addressing same-sex relationships were unsuitable for the event’s audience. Source: www.taipeitimes.com

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China: Government censors exclude artists from Xinjiang Biennale

24 June 2014

Ukrainian artist Nikita Kadan is one of 80 artists forced to withdraw from the 2014 Xinjiang Biennale held in the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang Uyghur. The artist had been invited to participate and submitted his project ‘Procedure Room’, which pictures police torture in the Ukraine on a set of …

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Nepal: Forms and evolution of censorship

24 June 2014

Ensuring freedom of expression and dissent to all is a balancing act yet to be mastered by Nepal, writes Slok Gyawali in an article published by Fair Observer which describes how censorship in Nepal has been employed for political reasons at various points in history. “The difference in reaction to …

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China: Exclusive essay by Ai Weiwei: ‘On Self-Censorship’

23 June 2014

This month, Ai Weiwei withdrew his work from a show at Beijing’s influential Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, a tribute to the late scholar Hans Van Dijk, with whom he worked closely, reported Huffington Post. It was a move made in protest: In a series of correspondences that surfaced online, …

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Pakistan: Singer killed by four gunmen

19 June 2014

» Dawn / AFP – 19 June 2014: Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar Pashto singer Gulnaz alias Muskan was killed in the Gulburg area of Peshawar Cantt. Police said unidentified gunmen entered the house of Gulnaz also known as Muskan and shot her dead. » Samaa – 19 …

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Pakistan: Pashto singer Gulnaz killed by four gunmen

19 June 2014

» Dawn / AFP – 19 June 2014: Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar Pashto singer Gulnaz alias Muskan was killed in the Gulburg area of Peshawar Cantt. Police said unidentified gunmen entered the house of Gulnaz also known as Muskan and shot her dead. » Samaa – 19 …

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India: Supreme Court breaks police stranglehold on theatre

11 June 2014

“If Chennai doesn’t have vaginas, it is full of a#*holes!” quipped Mahabanu Mody Kotwal in the opening act of The Vagina Monologues when it was staged in Mumbai. The veteran theatre actor and director had good reason for using the pun. In December 2010, when the play was to be …

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Singapore: Art censorship draft legislation leaves artists dismayed

10 June 2014

Censorship has long dogged artists in Singapore. It is a dull ache, with the occasional painful twist. The most recent – and perhaps unintended – turn of the screw came on 12 May 2014 when the Media Development Authority released its proposed amendments to the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act …

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