Why was a major Russian ISP shut down?

One of our Observers for Russia alerted us to the closure of one of the country's oldest Internet service providers (ISPs), and the various rumours that have sprung up following the police intervention. Censorship of political opinion or censorship of child pornography? Read more...


Censorship - live on Russian TV

Could the Kremlin censure an entertainment programme on live TV? According to Russian bloggers, that's exactly what happened on one of the country's national television channels. Indeed, the video of the programme is beyond belief. Read more and watch the video.


A blogger stands up to the Singaporean government

Gopalan Nair is being charged for having "insulted" a judge on his blog. According to him, the case is a message from the government to its bloggers, more inclined to self-censorship than the traditional media. Read more...

"Chocolate man" ad too sexy for Indian audience

A deodorant advert that showed an apparently irresistible chocolate man being gnawed on by scantily clad women has been banned in India. An advertising executive in the country explains why it was so offensive. Read more and see the ad.


A FRANCE 24 article censored in Tunisia?

The press desk at FRANCE 24 was alerted to a "page not found" problem by a Tunisian web user this morning. The 1 August article about President Ben Ali appeared to be no longer available in Tunisia. One of our Observers in the country, who confirmed the block, tells us about the increasing internet restrictions there. Read more...



China's 50-cent-a-piece propagandists

For the Chinese authorities, anything goes when it comes to controlling Web 2.0 - and that includes bribing the public into posting propaganda for 50 cents, says Hong Kong blogger Oiwan Lam. Read more...

Deface Jesus and risk doing time

When vandals destroyed pieces of modern art in an exhibition in Moscow, it wasn't the perpetrators who got into trouble. According to the law, their actions were justifiable. Museum director Yuri Samodurov however, is now facing several years in prison for putting on another of the "Christianity-offensive" shows. Read more...


China loses its grip on information, riots break out

The Chinese authorities momentarily lost control over public information this weekend when their desperate endeavours to cover up the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl lead to violent riots in the south-western Guinzhou province. Web users destroyed officials' attempts to downplay the enormity of events by continuously posting images and accounts of the protests. Read more...


Tiananmen commemorations, a perfect example of disinformation

Last Thursday, we published a post about the 48,000 mourners who gathered in Hong Kong to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. A blogger noticed that for the first time ever, China's state press followed the annual event. However, their coverage of the demonstrations was missing an important piece of information... Read more.


What do the Chinese know about Tiananmen Square?

"Tiananmen Square" search on Google: on the left in the US, the tanks.On the right, a tour in China.

Chinese expats commemorated the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre yesterday. But while the event remains unforgettable to the rest of the world, one of our Observers for China reminds us that the country itself is almost entirely unaware of it ever taking place, as the authorities have extinguished close to all information about it from the internet. Read more…