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Rappler's latest stories on media censorship


10 countries cited for extreme media censorship – watchdog

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says the worst regimes have media serving 'as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile'

AFP to 'exercise right to censure' under martial law

May 26, 2017 - 2:47 PM

[Kapag] alam ninyo na ito y nakakasama at hindi nakakatulong ‘wag nyo na ho i post Baka minsan na lang kakatukin na lang kayo ng pulis at aarestuhin kayo says AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

MARTIAL LAW. Brigadier General Restituto Padilla speaks to the media in Davao City. Beside him is Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Facebook suspends anti-Marcos journalist's account

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:43 PM

UPDATED As of 11:46 pm on November 28 Inday Varona says her Facebook account was resurrected and thanked the people who helped restore her account

SUSPENDED. Image of Inday Espina-Varona from Twitter.

Facebook to allow more graphic news

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:40 AM

The social network says it will begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy even if these violate site standards

The "Facebook"-logo is pictured on the sidelines of a press preview of the so-called "Facebook Innovation Hub" in Berlin on February 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Apr 03, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Thai PM Prayut Chan O Cha orders the media to toe the regime s line or face consequences

THAI MEDIA. This picture taken in 2014 shows microphones of reporters working for TV stations sitting on a table ahead of a press conference by an Army spokesman following talks between Thai Army leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha and representatives of warring political rivals at the Army club in Bangkok. When Thailand's generals declared martial law to suppress months of political bloodshed one of the first casualties was freedom of information with a swift crackdown on any murmurs of dissent on television and social media. AFP PHOTO/Manan VATSYAYANA

The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 31, 2014

Oct 31, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Indonesian netizens demand Jokowi show arrested sate worker mercy shadow legislature set to hold first plenary meeting Jakarta residents brace for rainy season and more

RESCUE. Search and Rescue members rescue stranded people from their flooded houses as residents wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on January 19, 2014. Adek Berry/AFP

Afghanistan expels US reporter over election story

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:18 PM

The Afghanistan attorney general accuses New York Times Matthew Rosenberg of having links to spy agencies

AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg speaks during an interview with an AFP reporter at the New York Times office in Kabul on August 20, 2014. AFP/Shah Marai

Thai journalist: Censorship 'self-destructive, kills my spirit'

Jun 06, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Since the coup in Thailand journalists have been summoned by the army and ordered to stop commenting on current events A Thai broadcast journalist talks to Rappler about censorship in her country

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Thai democracy

May 24, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The group urges the Thai military to revoke its abusive martial law powers to end censorship and to release people who have been arrested since martial law was imposed

Thai 'Red Shirts' want referendum on political impasse

May 22, 2014 - 2:47 PM

The Red Shirts want new national polls they hope will provide a fresh mandate to the beleaguered elected government

Iran bans 3rd reformist paper

Apr 26, 2014 - 9:13 PM

Iran bans a newspaper because of a story it ran regarding the replacement of prison chiefs due to cases of violence against political prisoners

Malaysia denies censoring BBC report on prime minister

Jan 16, 2014 - 2:05 PM

The issue surrounding Prime Minister Najib Razak s kangkung comment was picked up by the BBC – but Malaysian web users say they could not access it online

Singapore defends Internet licensing rules

May 30, 2013 - 3:17 PM

The surprise requirement which takes effect on Saturday June 1 triggered an outcry in the online community

ONLINE IN SINGAPORE. A person browses through media websites on a computer in Singapore on May 30, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Gag order in Makati murder trial?

Jan 10, 2013 - 6:25 PM

Lawyers for the 4 suspects claim that showing the CCTV footage on social media is destroying their reputation

GAG ORDER URGED. The defense does not want this video to be uploaded anymore on social media. Screenshot from video courtesy of Makati police

China bloggers back censorship protest

Jan 08, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Chinese bloggers and celebrities along with foreign media campaigners threw their support behind journalists at a newspaper enmeshed in a censorship row on Tuesday January 8 after a rare protest for press freedom

US sanctions Iran over Internet, media censorship

Nov 09, 2012 - 8:29 AM

Washington unveiled sanctions against top Iranians and national bodies including the communications minister and the culture ministry hitting back for media and Internet censorship

Myanmar ends media censorship

Aug 20, 2012 - 1:20 PM

Myanmar has abolished censorship of its media says the information ministry

This picture taken on March 30, 2012 shows media representatives covering a press conference by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held at her residence in Yangon. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

US project seeks online freedom from government censors

Jun 12, 2012 - 4:07 PM

A project funded by the US government and developed by a Washington think tank is being readied for delivery early next year to promote free expression online and takes advantage of the fact that more people are using mobile devices

BBC, Al-Jazeera decry alleged Malaysia censorship

May 03, 2012 - 6:01 PM

Whistleblowing website Sarawak Report said Malaysia s Astro which transmits Al Jazeera and the BBC to subscribers with a delay of several minutes cut scenes in reports about the violent rallies in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday