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Myanmar eases restrictions on news organizationsupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 10:19:00

Myanmar's Ministry of Information announced Monday that it has ended pre-publication censorship, but it laid out a welter of strictures on free expression that remain in place.

Waiting for Assange to make a moveupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 18:18:00

CNN's Atika Shubert describes the scene as the world waits to see if Julian Assange leaves the Ecuador embassy

Assange's stubborn grip hurt WikiLeaksupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 18:18:00

Julian Assange was back in the news on Thursday because, after nearly two months of holding out in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning, he has been granted "political asylum" by the Ecuadorean government. The decision has set off a diplomatic stand-off, with the UK government threatening to revoke the embassy's diplomatic status and Ecuador responding with anger.

Egyptian prank show exposes anti-Israeli sentimentupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 20:47:00

Ayman Kandeel grabs the producer of a television network and smacks the lanky young man, cursing angrily.

Punches, politics on Egyptian prank showupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 20:47:00

An Egyptian TV show tells celebrities they're on Israeli TV and provokes them to see their reactions. Some were intense.

Russian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of 'censorship' billupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 16:53:00

Wikipedia once again is diving into Internet politics.

South Korea: Free speech not so free?updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:32:00

25 years after democracy came to South Korea, critics say the president is cutting back on free speech.

South Korean 'joke' may lead to prisonupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:32:00

Everyone's made a joke they thought was funny only to see it fall flat, but Park Jung-geun's attempt at humor could see him jailed for up to seven years in South Korea.

Google reports 'alarming' rise in government censorship requestsupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 06:53:00

Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google.

Supreme Court mulls revisiting state campaign spending restrictionsupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 13:58:00

Money in presidential and congressional campaigns has already reached record heights so far this election year, thanks in part to recent rulings by the Supreme Court and other federal judges that loosened long-standing restrictions on outside corporate spending.

Famed Syrian novelist writes for oppositionupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 11:02:00

Some Syrian writers used to like Bashar al-Assad. Choosing their words carefully, they might say they tolerated him.

Landmines used to stop fleeing in Syriaupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 11:02:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on evidence Syrian forces mined border areas to stop fleeing civilians.

Twitter to delete posts if countries request itupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 17:37:00

Online social networking site Twitter said Thursday it will begin deleting users' tweets in countries that require it -- but it will still keep those deleted tweets visible to the rest of the world.

Justices tackle free speech dispute over broadcast TV 'indecency'updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 18:35:00

It's a Tuesday night at Nell and Matt Dillard's suburban Washington home, and the family of four is watching "Glee," a scripted Fox television program.

Clinton presses companies, governments to protect Internet freedomupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 15:12:00

Challenging the private sector to protect Internet freedom, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged companies to ensure their Internet technologies are not used as tools of repression.

Proposal to block harsh online criticism of leaders sparks anger in Indiaupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 20:00:00

Indians expressed outrage Tuesday at a top telecommunication official's push to get social media sites to screen content considered defamatory to religious and political leaders.

Teen: Tweet to friends, not governorupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 16:59:00

Emma Sullivan talks to CNN's Brooke Baldwin about her tweet for which Kansas Gov. Brownback's office demanded an apology.

Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweetupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 16:59:00

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for what he called his staff's "overreaction" to a disparaging tweet directed at him by a high school senior during a state Capitol visit.

Squelching social media after riots a dangerous ideaupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 07:10:00

In an emergency session of Parliament on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the violence, looting and arson sweeping his country "were organized via social media." He said his government is now considering how and whether to "stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality."

London to hold night court sessionsupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 07:10:00

Night court has been implemented in the wake of the riots. CNN's Isha Sesay reports.

Freedom and control in cyberspaceupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 13:53:00

Media activist Rebecca MacKinnon talks about the struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace.

Our Web freedom at the mercy of tech giantsupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 13:53:00

Wael Ghonim, Google executive by day, secret Facebook activist by night, famously declared right after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February: "If you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet."

Supreme Court rejects video game banupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:26:00

The Supreme Court rules California cannot ban the sale of violent video games to kids. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin reports.

California ban on sale of 'violent' video games to children rejectedupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 20:26:00

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that would have banned selling "violent" video games to children, a case balancing free speech rights with consumer protection.

Supreme Court to look at government regulation of broadcast profanityupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 13:44:00

The Supreme Court said Monday it will take another look at government efforts to regulate profanity and sexual content on broadcast television.

Ai Weiwei's release accentuated by web censorship, terse state-mediaupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 01:53:00

Chinese bloggers battled through targeted internet censorship Thursday in the wake of dissident artist Ai Weiwei's release after nearly three months in police custody.

Starting a revolution with technologyupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 09:12:00

Political revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia not only inspired other regional uprisings -- they sparked a flurry of ideas about how to help revolutionaries better communicate when their governments pull the plug on the World Wide Web.

Critics wary of Ecuadorian referendumupdated: Sun May 08 2011 08:09:00

Voters in Ecuador were at the polls Saturday for a referendum of government and social reforms that critics say is a thinly disguised attempt to consolidate more power for President Rafael Correa.

Ecuadorian president claims key referendum winupdated: Sun May 08 2011 02:41:00

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa claimed victory in a referendum on government and social reforms that critics have charged is a thinly disguised attempt to consolidate more power.

Behind the 'Great Firewall': China's 'first blogger' speaks outupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 09:04:00

The battle of Chinese censors to block political commentary on the internet is akin to "a snake swallowing its own tail," said Isaac Mao, an influential Chinese blogger.

Chatting with a Chinese blog pioneerupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 09:04:00

There are over 60 million bloggers in China, and he was among the first ones. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks to Isaac Mao.

Digital activists skirt roadblocksupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 11:23:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty talks to activists fighting threats against internet freedom.

Clinton calls for global recognition of Internet freedomupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 11:23:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called internet freedom as fundamental as free speech itself, saying cyberspace is the 21st century town square where governments need to find a balanced way to preserve universal principles such as liberty, transparency and free expression.

Who is instigating the Cairo violence?updated: Fri Feb 04 2011 09:29:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on those launching attacks on protesters and media in Cairo.

Lessons of Egypt's online crackdownupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 09:29:00

The Mubarak regime has been undemocratic and corrupt. It has abused its citizens. But, until last week, one thing it didn't do was crack down on online communication.

Critics of Venezuela's new media laws fear 'dangerous' crackdownupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 17:42:00

New laws governing radio, television and the internet in Venezuela "could be very dangerous," anti-censorship campaigners warned Wednesday, two days after the controversial laws passed.

Journalism advocates lash out at Chavez movesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 00:49:00

Journalism advocates and the U.S. government voiced opposition Wednesday to legislative moves in Venezuela that they said could lead to draconian restrictions on the news media and further strengthen the position of President Hugo Chavez.

China crackdown on dissent ahead of Nobel ceremonyupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 22:46:00

Zeng Jinyan knows all too well what it was like to be a prisoner in her own home.

Ant-covered crucifix video sparks controversyupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 22:41:00

A video that features ants crawling over a crucifix has gone on display at a New York gallery -- after it was banned from a Smithsonian museum -- raising questions over the boundaries of freedom of expression in a city known for its art.

Turkish journalists face risksupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 07:11:00

CNN's Ivan Watson looks at reports that criticize Turkey for not doing enough to protect journalists.

Dozens of journalists face charges in Turkeyupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 07:11:00

Investigative newspaper reporter Ismail Saymaz thought he faced 10 criminal cases against him for articles he had written.

Ban violent video games?updated: Tue Nov 02 2010 18:33:00

In April, strategists John Feehery and Kiki McLean discussed whether there should be a ban on violent video games.

Court weighs state law banning 'violent' video games from childrenupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 18:33:00

"Postal 2" features the adventures of the "Postal Dude," an interactive video game character who, under the control of the player, must confront everyday tasks. But it is how he handles these errands -- with the power to behead girls, shoot police, and urinate on victims -- that along with other explicit games, has become a constitutional controversy.

Turkey lifts YouTube banupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 15:45:00

For the first time since 2007, internet users in Turkey have access to YouTube.

Justices reject lawsuit by protesters removed from Bush eventupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 11:17:00

The Supreme Court has turned aside a free speech dispute over a bumper sticker and a presidential event that had raised questions over the authority of the White House to keep dissenting voices at bay.

Q&A: Sacked Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkovupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 12:01:00

Chance: Mr. Luzhkov, you were the mayor of Moscow for 18 years until last month when you were unceremoniously fired by the Russian president. Why do you think that you were dismissed?

Google: Internet freedom is decliningupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 15:59:00

Think internet censorship only happens in China and Iran?

Young Muslims must use social media to promote peaceupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 14:23:00

Throughout my short life, as I've witnessed the inhumane treatment of others, a sense of outrage and injustice has grown in my heart.

Venezuelan judge says newspapers can print violent picturesupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 03:20:00

A judge has lifted an order banning Venezuelan media from printing violent photographs, an official said on state-owned VTV.

Brazilian law way too serious, comics sayupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 21:19:00

Comedy is being taken too seriously in Brazil, humorists there are saying, in response to a Brazilian law that forbids television and radio broadcasters from making fun of presidential, gubernatorial or congressional candidates in the three months before the election.

Big government the real threat to Internetupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 11:46:00

In his recent opinion piece, "Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time," Sen. Al Franken claims that "our free speech rights are under assault -- not from the government but from corporations seeking to control the flow of information in America."

CNNMoney: China renews Google license, ending standoffupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:28:00

Google said Friday that it has renewed its license with the Chinese government to continue operating in that country, ending a standoff over censorship.

Mobile phones used to get past China's Internet censorsupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 23:41:00

The mobile web in China has loopholes where content could go under the radar of government censors, analysts say.

China's censorship could lead to a brain drainupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 13:37:00

They are coming from cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai:

No-name radicals vs. 'South Park' just a distractionupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 18:25:00

Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornet's nest recently when "South Park" depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show.

Google's censorship fightupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 22:09:00

Both Google and Capitol Hill agree, government support is needed in the fight against global Internet censorship. R.I.P or good riddance?updated: Sat Mar 27 2010 00:09:00

How do Chinese Internet users feel about Google's decision to move most of its search functions from the mainland? That all depends on who you ask.

Researcher: China pays 280K people to boost its Web imageupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 13:03:00

If you thought corporate "astroturfing" (fake grassroots activity) was a problem at sites like Yelp and Amazon that feature user reviews of products, imagine how much worse it would be if the U.S. government employed a couple hundred thousand people to "shape the debate" among online political forums. Crazy, right? What government would ever attempt it?

In China, Bing's turn to show some spineupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 18:16:00

Microsoft's Bing search engine will not follow Google out of China. Executives have made that clear. But will they take the high road or the low road in their quest to win a bigger piece of a China's fast-growing Internet market?

CNNMoney: Congress slams China and Microsoft, praises Googleupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 17:43:00

Two days after Google stopped censoring search results in China, a congressional panel praised the company's actions while excoriating the Beijing government for its record on Internet censorship and human rights.

U.S. criticizes Ethiopia for jamming VOA broadcastsupdated: Sun Mar 21 2010 03:16:00

American officials have condemned plans by the Ethiopian prime minister to block U.S.-funded Voice of America broadcasts in Amharic, the main local language.

CNNMoney: Banned ... by Googleupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 18:08:00

In Turkey, it's a crime to defame the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or to ridicule "Turkishness." So Google restricts access to videos that the government of Turkey deems illegal on

Venezuela debates Internet regulationupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 22:02:00

The Venezuelan National Assembly took up debate on Internet regulation just days after President Hugo Chavez called for online restrictions in televised remarks.

YouTube gives Bahraini youth window to worldupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 08:12:00

Esra'a al Shafei is a 23-year-old Bahraini dedicated to providing young people in the region with the opportunity of free expression.

Colombia media censorship?updated: Tue Feb 23 2010 22:33:00

The closing of an influential magazine in Colombia is seen by many as censorship. The former managing editor talked to CNN.

Murdered Sri Lankan journalist honored as 'hero'updated: Thu Feb 18 2010 12:43:00

A Sri Lankan journalist who was fatally shot last year has been recognized by the International Press Institute as a hero for freedom of the press, the group announced Thursday.

Report: Mideast, North African countries censor, control mediaupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 19:10:00

Despite the rise of the Web and its freewheeling second-by-second ferment, government efforts at control and censorship remain rife across the Middle East and North Africa, a new report said Thursday.

Press group slams Chinese censorshipupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 21:34:00

"Media must cease reporting on the discovery of a body at a psychiatric hospital in Dongguan."

China-Google battle heats upupdated: Sun Jan 31 2010 20:42:00

CNN's Errol Barnett reports on Secretary Clinton's remarks relating to China's censorship of Google and its implications.

China's government denies involvement in alleged cyber attacksupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 20:44:00

China's information technology ministry called accusations of government involvement in cyber attacks alleged by Google "groundless" in an interview with state-run media on Sunday.

China reacts to Google threatupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 20:24:00

China responds to Google's threat to pull out of the country in a dispute over censorship. CNN's John Vause reports.

China fires back at cyber attack chargesupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 20:24:00

China fired back Friday, saying the United States is damaging ties between the countries by highlighting cyberattacks alleged by Google.

Clinton: Internet 'information curtain' is droppingupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 13:04:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that a "new information curtain is descending across much of the world."

What's really at stake in Google vs. Chinaupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 12:43:00

Google's threat to shut down its operations in China might seem like just a dispute between a private company and a government, but the implications are huge for the world's fastest-growing economy, for the United States and for global relations, says analyst Fareed Zakaria.

Chinese papers: U.S. agenda behind Google rowupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 03:46:00

China has signaled a change of approach to the Google crisis, with state media describing the company's threat to pull out of the country as a political conspiracy by the U.S. government.

Google threatens to exit Chinaupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 03:46:00

Google considers pulling out of China after a series of "sophisticated" cyber attacks. CNN's John Vause reports.

Google phones on hold in Chinaupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 20:29:00

The future of Goolge's Web site in China is unclear, as is its mobile phone business there, as CNN's John Vause reports.

Aide: Clinton will address China in Internet freedom speechupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 20:29:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Thursday speech on Internet freedom will address the Google censorship fight in China but won't stop there, a top adviser said Wednesday.

Social Web's true impact on China, Haitiupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 20:39:00

We've seen some major world events unfold on the social media stage in the past week, the biggest being Google's threat to pull out of China and the Haiti earthquake.

Google vs. China: Free speech, finances or both?updated: Thu Jan 14 2010 05:54:00

Google's announcement that China should either stop censoring Internet searches or risk a pullout by the search-engine giant rocked the online world Wednesday, leaving observers to break down the meaning of the provocative move.

Google relaxes self-censorship in Chinaupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 15:51:00

Within hours of Google's announcement that it was no longer willing to self-censor in China, was retrieving results for sensitive topics including the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square, the Dalai Lama and the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

CNNMoney: Google rolls the dice in Chinaupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 13:03:00

Wow. It takes a lot of cojones to stand up to the Chinese government. But Google seems willing to give up on a huge market to protest strict censorship rules.

China sued for software piracyupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 12:14:00

A U.S. software maker sues China, alleging piracy of its Internet filtering software. CNN's John Vause reports.

High court hears 'Hillary: The Movie!' campaign finance caseupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 13:24:00

The Supreme Court heard new arguments Wednesday in a dramatic case that started with a movie attacking Hillary Clinton -- but that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. elections.

Analysis: High court to revisit potential election law changesupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 23:10:00

Money and politics are often equated as the fuel and engine of American democracy, but thanks to the Supreme Court, century-old government speed bumps on the campaign speech superhighway may soon be a thing of the past.

CNNMoney: Hole poked in rating agencies' lawsuit shieldupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 11:49:00

Credit rating agencies have long relied on the right of free speech as protection against litigation, especially in the U.S. A hole has just been poked in this shield.

U.S. report: Chavez moving to silence media criticsupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 00:29:00

The recent closure of 32 privately owned radio stations and a proposed law to punish "media crimes" are signs that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is moving to quash criticism of his government, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report.

Journalist jailed for criticizing Sri Lanka's militaryupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 09:32:00

A Sri Lankan court sentenced a journalist Monday to serve 20 years in prison for articles that criticized the military, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission.

Statue of Liberty replica decapitated on YouTubeupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 20:01:00

A stolen Statue of Liberty replica has resurfaced in a disturbing video posted on YouTube that shows someone decapitating the blindfolded lady and smashing her head into pieces.

China delays Green Dam Internet filterupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 20:30:00

Had the government not delayed its controversial order that all computers be equipped with Green Dam by July 1, the result would have been the same -- Chinese computer retailers were far from ready.

Google's censorship struggles continue in Chinaupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 22:03:00

Google was going to help democratize data in China. Instead, about three years after entering the Middle Kingdom, the search company still finds itself in an uncomfortable working relationship with government censors.

Media group asks nations not to recognize Iran resultsupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 16:03:00

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders is urging nations to not recognize the results of Iran's presidential election, citing censorship and a crackdown on journalists.

World reacts to Iran electionupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 16:03:00

CNN's Ram Ramgopal looks at reaction from around the world to the election result in Iran.

Myanmar tops list of worst places to be a bloggerupdated: Tue May 05 2009 04:50:00

Bloggers in Myanmar, Iran and Syria work under some of the most repressive conditions in the world, facing tactics such as regulation, intimidation and even imprisonment, according to a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Freedom of the media declines worldwide, report saysupdated: Fri May 01 2009 17:11:00

"Global declines in press freedom" persisted last year, with setbacks highlighted in Israel, Italy, Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere across the world, an annual survey said Friday.

Journalists freed in Azerbaijanupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 06:33:00

A European security organization expressed hope Tuesday that the recent release of three journalists in Azerbaijan signals positive change in the former Soviet republic.

Iranian film industry thriving, Hollywood learnsupdated: Sun Mar 29 2009 18:23:00

It appeared an unlikely meeting: Earlier this month, representatives from Hollywood, home of the anything-goes lifestyle and anything-can-happen film, traveled to Iran, where censorship and constant government supervision are a fact of life for the film industry.

Slain reporter's father fearful of anti-Semitism on campusupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 15:39:00

Jewish students and faculty at California universities fear for their safety on campus because of threats aimed at them over the Middle East conflict, the father of a slain Wall Street Journal reporter said Friday.

Sound off: Does ban curb extremism or free speech?updated: Thu Feb 12 2009 13:40:00

A Dutch lawmaker who made a controversial film about Islam is attempting to beat a ban on entry to Britain where he has been invited to speak in the House of Lords.

Justices refuse to reconsider law restricting Internet pornupdated: Wed Jan 21 2009 12:34:00

The Supreme Court has blocked further consideration of a federal law designed to keep sexual material from underage users of the Web.

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