Latest Censorship News

School system pulls 2 books with graphic sex from libraries

Sep. 24, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH. Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia school system said it is removing two books from school libraries, including an illustrated memoir that contains explicit illustrations of sexual encounters involving children, after a parent expressed concern about them at a school board...

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

Lithuanian agency warns against use of Chinese-made phones

Sep. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian cybersecurity experts are urging the country's government agencies to abandon the use of Chinese smartphone brands after an investigation identified security vulnerabilities and censorship concerns with certain devices. Lithuania’s...

Three Iranian dissidents to be honored by PEN America

Sep. 16, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three imprisoned Iranian dissidents will be honored next month at Pen America's annual gala. The literary and human rights organization announced Thursday that writer-filmmaker Baktash Abtin, novelist-journalist Keyvan Bajan and author-critic Reza...

Beijing court rules against woman in China #MeToo case

Sep. 14, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court ruled against a Chinese woman on Tuesday in a #MeToo case that wound through the courts for three years, in a blow to the tamped-down movement whose legacy remains uncertain. The Haidian People's Court said in a judgment released late...

If Roe is overturned, Michigan has abortion ban on the books

Sep. 02, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to let a Texas ban on most abortions remain in force — at least for now — prompted warnings and cheers from advocates in Michigan who noted the state still has a 90-year-old ban on the books if Roe v. Wade is overturned. ...

Hong Kong to amend law to step up film censorship

Aug. 24, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday said they plan to amend a film censorship law to forbid screenings of movies deemed contrary to national security. The proposed changes to Hong Kong’s Film Censorship Ordinance would step up censorship of movies in the...

China's Weibo shuts accounts defending Kris Wu allegations

Aug. 23, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s microblogging platform Sina Weibo on Monday closed 145 accounts, some of which had defended pop star Kris Wu over his rape allegations, for publishing what it called “information harmful for maintaining social order.” Wu, a Chinese-Canadian...

Officials tear out yearbook pages, prompt censorship claims

Aug. 19, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

BIGELOW, Ark. (AP) — Officials at an Arkansas high school physically tore out pages from the school's published yearbook that included references to the U.S. Capitol riot, George Floyd and COVID-19, claiming "community backlash," an action the Student Press Law Center condemned as...

China's Communist Party expels censor accused of corruption

Aug. 18, 2021 01:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled a leading internet censor and accused him of a range of crimes and rule breaking from corruption to failing to properly guide public opinion. Peng Bo had been deputy head of the Leading Group for the...