BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Will Taiwan follow suit in building its own version of China’s unique Internet censorship policy known as the “Great Firewall”? China is infamous for its Internet services blocking international websites. For Taiwan, the country’s Intellectual Property Office says for now it will only target international websites…Full Article TAIWAN: Modelling After China’s Great Firewall?
MYANMAR: Retractable Reform
If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This is abundantly evident in the case of Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the media rights group, who has called for reform in Myanmar’s media. The Bangkok Post recently reported that this group has urged Myanmar to fulfill their…Full Article MYANMAR: Retractable Reform
NORTH KOREA: Trying to Save Face With a Stolen Tablet?
The release of North Korea’s new “Arirang” tablet computer is very exciting news, but as with many new gadgets, there is at least one big question. Instead of asking how it compares to competitors or how well it performs, the question is about where it was made. North Korea’s media…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Trying to Save Face With a Stolen Tablet?
CHINA: Ai Weiwei’s Gangnam Style Parody
If New York Times had not published the Wen article (see Lani Luo’s “CHINA: It’s All About Whom You Know, Reports New York Times”), Ai Weiwei’s Grass Mud Horse Style (a parody on Psy’s internet meme Gangnam Style) video would probably be the most popular news in China. Ai Weiwei…Full Article CHINA: Ai Weiwei’s Gangnam Style Parody
INDONESIA: Internet Usage Rises—and So Do Tempers and Worries
The Communications and Information Ministry in Indonesia claims that it has effectively blocked nearly 1 million pornographic websites, and vows to continue its mass censorship of unfavorable Internet publications. According to the Jakarta Post, the nation’s leading English-language newspaper, “censorship on porn sites was in line with the government’s commitment…Full Article INDONESIA: Internet Usage Rises—and So Do Tempers and Worries
HONG KONG: The Big Media Chill Fans Hong Kong and Macau
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has released its annual detailed report uncovering new curbs in China’s press freedom last year. The respected Sydney-based says they are increasingly worrisome, and not just for mainland journalists.Full Article HONG KONG: The Big Media Chill Fans Hong Kong and Macau
THAILAND: Transfer of Censorship Powers to Police Criticized
The Ministry of Culture recently passed an amendment to the Printing Act of 2007 that makes the national police chief head of Thailand’s censorship board. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily newspaper, referred to this move as “a step backwards and aimed at empowering the government to take complete control of the media.”Full Article THAILAND: Transfer of Censorship Powers to Police Criticized
China Blog Blotter – Issue #3 Freedom of Speech on the Internet
Chinese Netizens understand that its government controls every form of the media. State censorship is the norm, and Chinese people have come to accept that. Even so, Chinese Netizens regard the internet as a better reflection of reality than traditional media. Through their personal blogs, they are able to express…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #3 Freedom of Speech on the Internet