censorship

Egyptian-born Hong Kong writer eyes new life overseas amid...
Sayed Gouda poses with his new novel "Closed Gate" in Hong Kong. (Mitsusada Enyo)
HONG KONG--An Egyptian-born Chinese writer and scholar had his lectures at a Beijing university canceled after authorities apparently took exception to his latest novel and its ...
Beijing turns screws on reformist Chinese magazine, threatens...
The reform-minded Chinese monthly magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--Chinese censors have attempted to sabotage a reform-minded monthly magazine and also threatened its managing editor with dismissal.
Futuristic cat Doraemon to land in Chinese theaters
A scene from “Stand By Me Doraemon” (c) 2014 "Stand By Me Doraemon" Production Committee
BEIJING--A hit Japanese movie, starring the popular robotic cat Doraemon, is set to hit silver screens in China in another sign of improving relations between Tokyo and Beijing.
INSIGHT: Singer's apology highlights unspoken pressure for...
Keisuke Kuwata of the Southern All Stars is shown performing on Japan Broadcasting Corp.'s "Kohaku Utagassen” program on Dec. 31. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
For music critic Kenta Ogiwara, the public apology by Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata over a New Year’s Eve performance left a bad taste.
European business group slams China's Internet controls
Information on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist known for his criticism against China's Communist Party-led regime, is seen at the media center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing on Nov. 5, 2014, when China lifted restrictions on Internet usage at the center. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's Internet curbs are isolating it from the world and having a "highly detrimental" impact on business, a European lobby said on Feb. 12, in an unusually strong...
Google's Gmail blocked in China
Google Inc.'s Gmail service was blocked in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Google Inc.'s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest e-mail service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great...
Political cartoonist fearful of returning to China asks Japan for...
A cartoon by Wang Liming that satirizes an order from Chinese authorities to display portraits of central leaders in Tibetan Buddhist temples (From Twitter)
BEIJING--A popular Chinese political cartoonist has asked the Japanese government to extend his visa after authorities in China abruptly closed his social media accounts,...
Indonesian TV watchdog: 'Crayon Shin-chan' is essentially...
Children pose with characters from “Crayon Shin-chan” at a game center in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, in April 2013. The anime is based in Kasukabe. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JAKARTA--A regulatory body here labeled a popular Japanese anime show as borderline “pornography” for its showing of bare buttocks, scantily clad women and other bawdy...
SILENCED CITIZENS: Sichuan mother harassed, even when mourning...
Zhao Deqin at her home on May 8 in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, looks at photos of her twin daughters who died in the 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake. (Kentaro Koyama)
Editor’s note: This is the fourth article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.
VOX POPULI: 'May 35' emblematic of China's growing pro-democracy...
Security officers round up a group of people who distributed fliers near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
There is no such date as Dec. 32, but it appears in "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat), an operetta by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) who died 115 years ago on June 3. ...
SILENCED CITIZENS: ‘Seven taboos’ symbolize tighter censorship ...
Zhang Xuezhong during a recent interview in Shanghai (Kim Soon-hi)
Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.
Tokyo art museum demands removal of sculpture critical of Yasukuni ...
Sculptor Katsuhisa Nakagaki removed a sign from his artwork that criticized visits to Yasukuni Shrine. (Mari Nakamura)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum has asked an artist to remove a sculpture it deems politically charged due to its criticism of visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine by...
Beijing continues to tighten grip over media in wake of censorship ...
The Jan. 2 edition of the Southern Weekly newspaper (Kentaro Koyama)
GUANGZHOU, China--A year after a huge censorship row broke out at the Southern Weekly newspaper, known for its investigative journalism, things have gone from bad to worse...
China tightens regulations for online films
In this Oct. 20, 2013 photo, a cameraman, left, stabilizes his camera to film an actress walking through a wooden corridor on the top of a mountain for a set of an online microfilm on the outskirts of Beijing. (AP file photo)
BEIJING—Chinese authorities are requiring makers of online films to gain licenses and report their content before it is posted, tightening regulation of what in recent years...
Guardian says its website blocked in China
BEIJING--Access to the website of the British newspaper the Guardian has been blocked in China, the newspaper said on Jan. 8, adding that it did not know why.
Father of Internet censorship in China quits top university post
A man checks his smartphone at a bus stop displaying an advertisement for a tablet computer in Beijing earlier this month. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The architect and man known as the "father" of the Great Firewall Internet censorship and surveillance program has resigned as president of the Beijing University of...
EDITORIAL: Books essential to help children learn about war and...
Students read “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen) in a library at a junior high school in Matsue on Aug. 29. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Matsue municipal board of education retracted its request to municipal elementary and junior high schools to restrict students’ access to the manga “Hadashi no Gen”...
INNER SANCTUM (14): Cat-and-mouse game continues in Chinese...
Yang Haipeng (Photo by Koichiro Ishida)
Editor's note: This is the 14th in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired within...
U.S. cartoonist champions 'Hadashi no Gen'
Raina Telgemeier (Provided by Raina Telgemeier)
A popular U.S. cartoonist wants everyone to read “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), a Japanese comic book that depicts the miseries of war centered around the 1945 atomic...
Vietnam arrests well-known blogger for criticism
HANOI--Vietnamese police have arrested one of the country's best known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government, the latest in an intensified crackdown...