censorship

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...
Line smartphone app censors users' messages in China
A screenshot of the Line free-messaging app on a smartphone display (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GUANGZHOU, China--A Chinese version of a Japanese smartphone app has been censoring messages posted by Chinese users, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
China debut of 'Django Unchained' suddenly cancelled for...
A woman walks out from the Wanda cinema as movies including "Django Unchained" are displayed on a board introducing new movies in Beijing on April 11. (AP Photo)
SHANGHAI--The Chinese debut of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film "Django Unchained," a violent Western slave revenge tale, was suddenly cancelled on April 11 for...
China magazine spikes Taiwan issue, fires staff
A woman takes a magazine at a newsstand in Beijing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GUANGZHOU, China--The publisher of a Chinese monthly history magazine spiked an entire issue shortly before it went to print because authorities were unhappy with its focus:...
Communist Party emerges silent victor in China newspaper row
Hu Chunhua, regional party chief, at a session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 6. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
BEIJING--An anti-censorship row at a Chinese weekly newspaper has subsided with authorities clamming shut, with the Communist Party strengthening control, and with the central...
@GUANGZHOU: Censored Chinese weekly staff goes to bitter New...
The Asahi Shimbun
On the afternoon of Jan. 17, more than 100 reporters and other employees of the Southern Weekly came out of the building in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, which houses the...
China newspaper editor in chief reduced to figurehead after...
Tuo Zhen, director-general of the propaganda department of the Guangdong provincial Communist Party committee, attends a session of the provincial people's congress in Guangzhou, China, on Jan. 25. (Kentaro Koyama)
GUANGZHOU, China—A newspaper editor in chief who came under fire for a recent censorship incident retained his title but has seen his editorial powers stripped away,...