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UK NewsUK News Old Bailey
Free expression vs privacy
Two UK court cases set to test Google's decisions over deleting factual data concerning convicted criminals from search results
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Shiraz 1928 Franz Osten
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions
South AsiaSouth Asia padmavat
On the highest authority
Padmavat is cleared for national release by India's Supreme Court and by the BBFC
World NewsMiddle East leila amer video
Updated: Suggestive of repression
Another Egyptian singer is arrested for supposed debauchery in a decidedly unsexy music video

World Censorship

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World NewsEast Europe

20th Jan
Poster Paddington 2 2017 Paul King
Putting Russia First
Russia uses film censorship laws to handicap Paddington Bear 2 and give a local film a head start
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Criterion Collection: Summer With Monika Blu-ray
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Padmaavat, Acts of Violence, Redwood

19th Jan
den of thieves
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Smiles of a Summer Night, Der Todesking
World NewsEast Europe

18th Jan
mathilda russian
A poisoned watermelon of a film
Ukraine bans the Russian film Mathilde over a blacklisted Russian musician
World NewsAsia Pacific far reaching censorship
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Censorship flagged up
An interesting example of the long reach of Chinese censors to Canada
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily entebbe
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

17th Jan
Poster Early Man 2018 Nick Park
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
World NewsMiddle East v1 ux182 cr00182268 al
The distributors go postal
Steven Spielberg's The Post is banned in Lebanon over the film maker's connections to Israel
South AsiaSouth Asia padmavat
Updated: Amidst continuing violence
Padmavat finally passed by India's film censor after cuts but remains banned in 3 states
World NewsExtreme Porn the conversation logo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: A legal hub
The latest reports from Pornhub and the likes show what types of porn people like but perhaps also a timely reminder about the legalities of downloading porn in the UK
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Maze Runner the Death Cure 2018 Wes Ball
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
UK NewsUK News

14th Jan
The Guardian
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right
Nick Cohen notes that the illiberal left's suffocation of free speech is not winning many people to their cause
EU NewsWest Europe washington post logo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Another example of censorship backfire
Can social media become less hateful by law? Germany is trying it -- and failing
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster 7 Guardians of the Tomb 2018 Kimble Rendall
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC

13th Jan
Poster Early Man 2018 Nick Park
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
The Mimic

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10th Jan
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
World NewsAsia Pacific
Banned words
Papua New Guinea chief censor penalises local musicians by banning their songs from radio and TV
EU NewsWest Europe

9th Jan
Self inflicted censorship
German 'justice' minister falls victim to his own badly thought out new censorship law
EU NewsWest Europe

8th Jan
Inevitably shoddy results from forcing commercial companies to censor posts for free
German opposition parties speak out about new internet censorship law that even if the first week is manifestly failing freedom of speech
World NewsMiddle East

6th Jan
Propaganda wars
Iran makes an official complaint that British media is orchestrating the anti-government protests in Iran
EU NewsWest Europe
The right context
Echoing Germany's controversial publication of Mein Kampf, France debates whether to censor the works of Louis-Ferdinand CÚline who wrote pamphlets supporting the Holocaust
EU NewsWest Europe
German free speech sails the Titanic
As feared, Twitter is unable to distinguish between hateful comments and criticism of hateful comments and so just censors everything
World NewsAsia Pacific
Ten cent snitches
Chinese internet company hires an army of snitches and snoopers for a pittance
UK NewsUK News

5th Jan
Dream on
The ICO thinks a few guidelines can keep kids off Facebook until they are 13
EU NewsWest Europe
Updated: Not a happy new year
German internet censorship law comes into force
World NewsAsia Pacific
The case for gay sex in the media
A Chinese court has accepted a case challenges the media censor's claims that gay sex is abnormal
World NewsAsia Pacific
Perhaps with an eye to being able to sell films to the west
Chinese film censors seem to be relaxing their requirements for highly sanitised storylines
EU NewsWest Europe

4th Jan
Surely a bigger threat to democracy is a crap political system that don't look after its own people
Macron thinks that the internet censorship of 'fake news' is a panacea for widespread disrespect of politicians
World NewsAsia Pacific
Radiance of Resistance
Singapore film censors ban a documentary about a Palestinian child's protests against Israeli soldiers
Australia NewsAussie News
Bank censorship
Australian banks and financial services have been ticked off by the small business ombudsman for discriminating against legitimate adult businesses

3rd Jan
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
South AsiaSouth Asia

2nd Jan
On the pain of death the government wouldn't own up to torture
21 Months of Hell documentary banned in India citing the requirement for impossible to obtain proof

1st Jan
Ethical bubble butts
Trinidad's media censor bans calypso song referencing the country's prime minister
South AsiaSouth Asia

31st Dec
Disclaimers, cuts and 'modifications'
Padmavati set to be passed U/A by the Indian film censor once cuts have been implemented
Australia NewsAussie News

30th Dec
Reason prevails over sex
Australian Sex Party renames as the Australian Reason Party
World NewsAsia Pacific
Fake blame
China follows Europe's lead and steps up the censorship of Facebook-like news feed
World NewsAsia Pacific
Alarming the public
Malaysian government bans book on the Islamisation of Malaysia
EU NewsWest Europe

27th Dec
High pitched tweets
Erdogan gets all easily offended by political cartoon on Twitter
World NewsAsia Pacific
What goes around comes around
BBC Burma, which has always refused to use the country's preferred name of Myanmar, falls out with a partner TV channel which refuses to use the word Rohingya
World NewsAsia Pacific
Chaos online
Vietnam hires an army of internet censors to seek out 'wrong' views
World NewsAsia Pacific
All revved up
Indonesia set to fire up an internet censorship machine in January 2018
South AsiaSouth Asia
Doubly illegal
Pakistan is set to extend its cyber crime laws to prohibit blasphemy and porn
EU NewsWest Europe

24th Dec
Minor influence
Gallery bans Tijana Grujic's erotic art exhibition in Belgrade
World NewsAsia Pacific

23rd Dec
Censors with battering rams
Singapore considers giving more film censors powers to smash down doors in the pursuit of films or videos transgressing censorship rules
World NewsAsia Pacific
Virtually repressive
Chinese man falls victim to the state's internet censorship and is jailed for 5.5 years for selling VPNs
South AsiaSouth Asia

21st Dec
An historic low for the CBFC
Indian film censors prevaricate over Padmavati by proposing a panel of historians to determine historical accuracy
World NewsAsia Pacific
Insulting free speech
Cambodian legislators debate the introduction of a lese majeste censorship law

20th Dec
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
World NewsAsia Pacific
Offsite Article: Censorship may sometimes be good
China's banning of VPNs may make it harder to work around internet censorship but it is also causing China's business community significant hardship

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World Censors Index Australia:  Film Classification Board
China:  SARFT State Adminstration of Radio, Film and Television
Germany:  Video & Game Censorship
Hong Kong:  Home of Category III
India:  CBFC Central Board of Film Certification
Ireland:  IFCO Irish Film Classification Office
Italy:  Film Censorship Committee
Japan:  Eirin Eiga Rinri Iinkai (Film Classification and Rating Committee)
Malta:  Board of Film and Stage Classification
New Zealand:  OFLC Office of Film and Literature Classification
Pakistan:  CBFC Central Board of Film Certification
Singapore:  MDA Media Development Authority
South Africa:  FPB Film and Publications Board
Thailand:  Ministry of Censorial Culture
UAE:  NMC National Media Council
USA:  ESRB Entertainment Software Ratings Board
USA:  MPAA The Motion Picture Association of America


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