Latest Censorship News

Principal who tried to ban books charged with child porn

Nov. 13, 2019 8:35 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky principal who once made headlines for trying to ban books with what he deemed inappropriate content has been indicted on child pornography charges. News outlets reported Tuesday that a grand jury charged 54-year-old Phillip Todd Wilson, principal of the Clark County Area...

Iran bans sale of Israeli author accused of Darwinism

Nov. 11, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Tehran publishers' league in Iran says it has outlawed buying or selling books by the bestselling Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari. Iran's culture ministry banned his books from publication in May. The ministry alleges they promote the theory of evolution and fabricate history. The...

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

Nov. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by University of Michigan researchers...

Censorship or caution? Culture war burns in Brazil

Nov. 4, 2019 3:47 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The clowns were already on stage, faces painted white, costumes carefully adjusted. It was to be the troupe's second show of "Abrazo," a play for children about a fictional dictatorship in which hugging is outlawed. The actors breathed deeply, waiting for the public to take its seats....

Reports: US launches review of China-owned video app TikTok

Nov. 1, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

Multiple published reports say that the U.S. government has launched a national-security review of the China-owned video app TikTok, popular with millions of U.S. teens and young adults. The reports Friday from Reuters,The New York Times and others said that the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the...

Pakistan shuts art exhibit denouncing deadly police raids

Oct. 29, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities have closed a prominent art exhibition in Karachi that sought to denounce police raids led by an infamous officer that had killed hundreds of people in the southern port city, the artists, exhibit organizers and rights activists said Tuesday. The artist,...

Fans at Rockets opener show support for Hong Kong protesters

Oct. 24, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A group of 30 fans at the Houston Rockets' season opener against Milwaukee held signs and wore shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday night. Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters earlier...

Library may ban patrons returning books with bedbugs

Oct. 24, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents returning library books with bedbugs inside the pages may soon be temporarily banned. Library trustees at Lane Memorial Library in Hampton say they are considering temporarily banning people who return books with bedbugs inside after the vermin appeared at the...

Pence takes swipe at NBA, Nike in critical speech on China

Oct. 24, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China's record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willing to ignore censorship and repression in pursuit of profits. Pence singled out the shoe...

Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban

Oct. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks and mocked China's leaders while forming human chains in defiance of a ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering along the city's subway lines Friday night, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh...