Protecting persons from ‘false information’ is not a legitimate justification for restrictions on the right to freedom of expression.
Criminal libel and seditious libel laws have existed under both military and constitutional rule in Ghana.
Pride of the fleet: the submarine, HMS Triumph, in 1940 after being rebuilt.
Imperial War Museum archive
It took nearly two years for the Royal Navy to tell the story of the heroic voyage of the crippled submarine HMS Triumph.
Police searching the offices of Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong.
Apple Daily handout
Local journalists are afraid that the new law will be used to prosecute anyone who steps out of line.
A train attendant in Nanchang, China, gestures in solidarity with medical staff departing for the city of Wuhan, Feb. 13, 2020.
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Public criticism of the Chinese government’s handling of coronavirus shows that the Chinese people can overcome both strict censorship and a gaping class divide when they get angry enough.
‘Laugh so you don’t cry’: Venezuelan students crack up as they stand near a damaged mural of Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 7, 2019.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
The rise of black comedy to explain Venezuela’s chaos recalls an old saying in the crisis-stricken South American country: ‘Laugh so you don’t cry.’
What causes a media business to bar the door?
While they may talk about ‘free speech,’ businesses make decisions about their content based on a very different set of principles.
Xi Jinping votes on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits.
Recent changes to China’s constitution signal loud and clear that any hope for a path to democracy must be checked with reality.
New, extreme levels of censorship in Turkey could lead to waves of digital activism by tech-savvy generations.
A bus displaying the Pak-China friendship sign, along a road in Karachi, Pakistan.
Are Chinese lives the price to pay for doing business in Pakistan?
Making decisions about what people do and don’t read is the traditional role of an editor, no matter what Facebook claims.
Xi Jinping is no fan of an unregulated internet.
China is used to media being kept on a tight leash, but the party’s latest swoop has an ominous new zeal about it.
A woman waits backstage during the recording of the dating show ‘Meet you on Saturday.’
In only 30 years, a generations-old system of arranged marriages has been completely upended.
This story is not about John Whittingdale’s private life.
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The uneasy relationship between political power and the influence of the news media.
How Hwee Young/EPA
New law is a sign of a more muscular Chinese internet protectionism.
Two months after the bombing at Hiroshima.
US Department of Defense
US military censors contained information after the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leaving Americans with a limited understanding of the impact of radiation.
Mukesh Singh, one of the convicted rapists interviewed in India’s Daughter.
India’s government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in the British media.
In Samuel Roth’s time, there was no Constitutional protection for expression deemed subversive, obscene or indecent.
In 1957, publisher Samuel Roth spent his 63rd birthday in federal prison. His appeal denied by the United States Supreme Court, he would end up serving every day of his five year sentence. The crime? He…
Russians protesting murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkavskaya.
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine stood talking before an attentive group in a hotel conference room when the doors burst open and six stern-faced government agents strode in and demanded he halt the…
Propaganda won’t affect you if you’re not listening.
ISIS is winning the propaganda war, it’s been said, and top brass from the European Commission, EU member state governments, and representatives of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have met to discuss…
In new vs old publishing models, just who is the dinosaur?
When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation launched a broadside at Google, claiming the company abuses its overwhelming market position in Europe, it looked a lot like a clash between web and print – the Information…