Latest Censorship News

Iranians manage to surf the web despite tide of censorship

Jul. 26, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Before Nazilla Akbari can check out the latest offerings on Twitter or YouTube, she scrolls through an array of icons on her smartphone, searching for the right workaround to bypass state censors. It's a cat-and-mouse game that has become second nature in Iran, where the clerically-led...

Lebanese rock band takes center stage in freedoms debate

Jul. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Lebanon. Church leaders and conservative...

Tofurky: Arkansas meat-labeling law unconstitutional

Jul. 22, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tofurky Co., which produces plant-based alternatives to meat, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday claiming an Arkansas law that bans the use of "meat" in the labeling of its products violates free speech rights. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Oregon-based company...

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal

Jul. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal....

Pakistani journalists hold protests to denounce censorship

Jul. 16, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani journalists held nationwide protests Tuesday to denounce rampant censorship by the country's powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages. The rallies, dubbed Day of Protests, were spearheaded by the...

Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

Jul. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media summit" of...

The Latest: Trump says big tech can't be allowed to censor

Jul. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's conference on social media (all times local): 4:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says big tech companies must not be allowed to censor the voices of the American people on social media. Trump is speaking at a White House conference highlighting the...

Correction: Britain-Porn Block story

Jul. 11, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story July 10 about Britain's planned online "porn block," The Associated Press reported erroneously that James Clark was the spokesman for MindGeek. He is the AgeID spokesman. A corrected version of the story is below: UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case The global...

San Francisco to paint over historic George Washington mural

Jul. 4, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people. The...

US sanctions Maduro's son as it raises pressure on Venezuela

Jun. 28, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced sanctions on the son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a move to increase pressure on family members of top officials backing the socialist leader and suspected of corruption. The action by the U.S. Treasury Department freezes any...