Latest Censorship News

Student journalist protection bill stalls in Legislature

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would have extended free-speech protections to Nebraska student journalists and their advisers stalled in the Legislature on Wednesday after advancing through an initial vote last month. Backers fell short of the support they needed...

DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked YouTube and its parent company Google on Monday, accusing the tech giant of censorship for its decision last week to remove from its platform video of a coronavirus discussion he organized where his panel criticized lockdowns...

Books by Steinbeck, Alexie among most objected to in 2020

Apr. 05, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The closing of physical libraries because of the pandemic has slowed but not stopped patrons and others from calling for books to be banned or restricted. On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020,...

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for 2nd season

Apr. 04, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A controversial Iranian TV spy thriller is once again generating buzz in the Islamic Republic, drawing the ire of government officials and complaints from viewers Sunday over alleged censorship in the second season finale. The...

No Oscars or sensitive art spark Hong Kong censorship fears

Mar. 29, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Decisions in Hong Kong not to display a politically sensitive photograph in a museum exhibition and not broadcast the annual Academy Awards for the first time in decades have prompted concerns that Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the city is extending to arts and...

Top court declines appeal of murderer studying to be priest

Mar. 22, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer in Connecticut who says he is studying to become a Roman Catholic priest has lost his legal fight against state prison officials he accused of violating his constitutional rights by blocking his orders of used religious books and other materials....

Twitter to establish legal entity in Turkey, comply with law

Mar. 20, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Twitter has announced it will establish a legal entity in Turkey in order to continue operating in the country, which passed a controversial social media law last year. In a statement Friday, the social media company said it had reviewed the amended...

Nebraska advances press protections for student journalists

Mar. 18, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would extend free-press protections to student journalists and their advisers following incidents in which school administrators censored school newspaper articles that they deemed too controversial or unflattering. ...

Oman blocks Clubhouse, app used for free debates in Mideast

Mar. 18, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman has cut off access to the buzzy new audio chat app Clubhouse, the country’s telecommunications regulator confirmed Monday, setting off fears that authorities across the Persian Gulf may censor a rare forum for discussion of sensitive topics in the...

Encrypted messaging app Signal blocked in China

Mar. 16, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Encrypted messaging app Signal appears to have been blocked in mainland China, the latest foreign social media service to cease working in a country where the government tightly controls the flow of information. As of Tuesday, users of the app within...