SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tech workers in China protesting a corporate culture of grueling work schedules are getting some support from their U.S. peers.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local):
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Russian parliament adopts internet controls bill
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower chamber of parliament has adopted a bill that would expand government control over the internet, raising fears of widespread censorship.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit challenging a pre-publication review required for people who have had access to government secrets.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school district has agreed to apologize to three students who alleged their free speech rights were violated during a national classroom walkout...
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Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms
BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.
Nonprofit sues Marshall County claiming jail censorship
LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit that publishes legal news magazines for prisoners claims Marshall County is censoring its publications.
In a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month, the...
MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Several hundred Croatian journalists have rallied in the capital Zagreb against what they say is pressure on journalists and curbing of media freedoms in the European Union...
Bill to create separate Russian internet gets first approval
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russia's parliament has passed the first reading of a bill to create a self-standing Russian segment of the internet.
Supporters say the proposal is necessary in case Russia was to be cut off from the global internet, but opponents fear the measure would lead to widespread censorship.
Lawmakers hear testimony on proposal to ban ‘obscene’ books
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers heard hours of testimony on obscenity and censorship as they consider a proposal to require teachers to notify parents before using books with sexually explicit material in lessons.
Lawmakers kill legislation to protect student journalists
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legislative panel rejected a bill protecting student journalists from administrative censorship on a tie vote Monday.
House Bill 2382, sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, would have protected free speech for student journalists in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public institutions of higher education.
Microsoft’s Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese internet users lost access to Microsoft's Bing search engine for two days, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party's increasingly tight online censorship.
Microsoft Corp. said Friday that access had been restored. A brief statement gave no reason for the disruption or other details.
Top journo who fled Nicaragua says nation’s press threatened
MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Nicaragua's most prominent journalists says President Daniel Ortega is working to close any spaces of freedom in the Central American country.
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who had the offices of his media outlets Confidencial and the television programs "Tonight" and "This Week" seized in December by Ortega's police, said Monday night that he fled to Costa Rica after receiving information that a plan was afoot to jail him on phony charges.
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Legislators introduce journalist protections
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two delegates, both former journalists, introduced legislation Monday to protect student journalists from censorship and shield reporters from having to disclose confidential sources.
Dels. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, and Danica Roem, D-Prince William, urged the General Assembly to pass such legislation.
"Journalism matters. Facts matter," Roem said. "We have to get this right."
Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" series that criticized the kingdom's powerful crown prince.
The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen.
Sudan journalists go on strike in support of protests
CAIRO (AP) — An independent union of Sudanese journalists launched a strike Thursday in support of "legitimate" popular demands for freedom and democracy, the latest in a series of work stoppages and protests calling for longtime President Omar Bashir to step down.
A union statement said the three-day strike is also a protest against authorities' "barbaric" assault on press freedoms, including censorship and confiscating newspaper editions.
Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services.
Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned
MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.
Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it."
But Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers Saturday that attempts to ban artists from performing will have an adverse effect and bolster their popularity.
Russian parliament to run competition for best rap song
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament has announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts.
A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values. At least three musicians have been detained.
Suspended Arkansas school paper shares censorship concern
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Students have complained that heavy-handed oversight of their now-suspended northwest Arkansas school newspaper could result in censorship and jeopardize their journalistic integrity.
US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses in the isolated country.
U.S. officials said the sanctions are intended to call attention to "brutal" censorship and human rights abuses as well as the death last year of American captive Otto Warmbier.
Kent State security fee for gun-rights event prompts lawsuit
CLEVELAND (AP) — A conservative advocacy group suing Kent State University officials argues the Ohio school is impeding free speech with a $1,800 fee to provide security for a planned gun-rights discussion at the student center.
In a lawsuit this week, Liberty Hangout alleged its student club at Kent State is being treated unfairly because of its viewpoints. It argued the fee for eight police officers and six guards at the Nov. 19 event amounts to censorship.
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Amnesty urges Sudan to stop crackdown on journalists
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International on Friday urged the Sudanese government to halt what it describes as "relentless harassment, intimidation and censorship of journalists" in the country.
Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder
NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced.
McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections next week.
"The left knows they are going to lose this election so they are ramping up the hysteria with fake news and censorship in a last ditch effort to win," he said.
Thousands in Brazil protest order to remove ‘propaganda’
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two days before Brazil picks its next president, thousands gathered in front of Rio de Janeiro's electoral court on Friday to protest its ruling forcing universities to remove banners containing allegedly illegal electoral propaganda.
Electoral courts in six other states made similar moves, which led several top Brazilian judges to criticize the decisions as a blow to freedom of speech.
Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on burying online stories that expose corruption and human rights abuses.
South Korean war on ‘fake news’ raises concern of censorship
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — While governments around the world ponder how to deal with the explosion of "fake news," South Korea has come out swinging, vowing to use its criminal laws to curb what officials have declared a threat to democracy.
Algeria: Online rights group says news site creator arrested
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A French association of digital freedom and anti-censorship groups says its correspondent in Algeria has been arrested.
Internet Without Borders said Abdou Semmar was detained Wednesday evening along with Merouane Boudiab, the associate director of an online news site Semmar founded, Algerie Part.
Judge critical of Justice Department in 2020 census case
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal judge has criticized U.S. government lawyers for seeking relief from him that they failed to get from the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute over adding a censorship question to the 2020 census.
Judge Jesse Furman made critical remarks at a Wednesday hearing as he withheld immediately ruling on the government's request to postpone a Nov. 5 trial on the subject.
Conservative activists criticize DePaul over denying event
CHICAGO (AP) — Two conservative activists are criticizing DePaul University after the Chicago school denied a request for an on-campus event.
High school journalists stand up to censorship and win
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Armed with a new Vermont law that protects student journalists, four high school editors have stood up to censorship and won, prompting their school to revamp its media policy.
School to adopt new policy after accused of censorship
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district says it will adopt a new policy in line with a state law aimed at protecting student journalists after students accused the Burlington High School of censoring a recent school newspaper article.
Last week the principal asked the students to take down a story they broke on the student newspaper website about a school employee facing unprofessional conduct charges.
Auctioneering Congressman drowns out protester
Missouri’s Rep. Long helps drown out congressional protester
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House hearing about social media censorship was briefly interrupted as a protester stood up and yelled at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Republican Missouri Rep. Billy Long drowned her out using his auctioneering skills.
A woman stood up and started loudly yelling at Dorsey, complaining about bias and publicly pleading for President Donald Trump to help.
The Latest: Senator blasts Google for reply on China search
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on social media issues (all times local):
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is blasting Google for a response to lawmakers' inquiries about its reported plans to launch a search engine in China that would comply with censorship laws.
Warner says he is "truly disappointed" with a letter from Google CEO Sundar Pichai that arrived Friday, before a Senate hearing Wednesday in which Google will not have a representative present.
Rights groups to Google: No censored search in China
BEIJING (AP) — More than a dozen human rights groups are urging Google not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market.
A joint letter Tuesday calls on CEO Sundar Pichai to explain what Google is doing to safeguard users from the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance.
The Latest: It’s been a bruising week for Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump dispute with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):
President Donald Trump is again complaining that social media companies are "silencing millions of people."
Trump tweeted Friday: "Can't do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!"
More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship.
The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company.
The letter's contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize it but who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the debate.
Publisher John Calder, champion of edgy authors, dies at 91
LONDON (AP) — Influential publisher John Calder, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship, has died, a colleague said Wednesday. He was 91.
Alessandro Gallenzi of Alma Books said Calder died on Monday at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital after several weeks of declining health.
Google is reportedly working on a mobile version of its search engine that will comply with strict censorship controls in China.
The Intercept reported that the work has been ongoing since the spring of 2017 and was accelerated in December following a meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a top government official in China. The report cited internal Google documents and unnamed people familiar with the plans.
BRUSSELS (AP) — For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure. And now, even in 2018, his Baroque paintings are still jolting the internet.
Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook since they cannot promote Flemish Masters including Rubens at will for fear of falling foul of the social media site's adult content rules and automatic censorship.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union asked Republic Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday to stop deleting critical posts and blocking constituents on Facebook. Scott's office said it is simply trying to maintain a civil dialogue on social media.
In a letter addressed to Scott, the ACLU said that blocking a constituent is unlawful prior restraint of future speech and deleting posts amounts to "viewpoint-based censorship" in violation of the First Amendment.
Israeli bill seeks to ban photographing soldiers
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Cabinet ministers have proposed legislation that seeks to outlaw photographing Israeli soldiers "for the sake of shaming them," a ban rights groups say would amount to government censorship.