Censorship

Features

Mashrou' Leila Are Banned from Jordan for Supporting LGBTQ Rights but Refuse to Be Censored

We talk to the wildly popular Lebanese band about their recent ban in the wake of the Jordanian conservative authorities pressuring the country's Ministry of Tourism.
Mary von Aue
4.28.16
Stuff

New Zealand Just Banned a Book for the First Time in 22 Years

'Into the River' has been banned because of its depiction of drug use and underage sex. But author Ted Dawe feels it's a worrying example of the power of the country's conservative agenda.
Wendy Syfret
9.8.15
Op-Eds

The Banning of Tyler the Creator Reveals a UK Government Struggling to Define 'Terrorism'

Hasty decision making keeps taking a dump on our freedom of expression.
Joe Zadeh
8.27.15
NSFW

Check Out This Guy's Sexy Psychedelic GIFs

A couple of weeks ago, Jean Francois Painchaud was just another Canadian animator – working for the PBS kids show Wild Kratts by day, making sexually explicit GIFs by night.
VICE Staff
7.31.15
Photo

Check Out These Vintage Photos of New Zealand's LGBT Scene

Photographer Fiona Clark captured the country's LGBT community in the 70s and 80s. Censorship, however, kept her images from seeing the light of day – until now.
Wendy Syfret
7.20.15
Film

Australia's Thriving Art-Porn Industry Is Run by Women

Despite the country's generally repressive censorship laws, there's a growing subculture of women who make edgy, feminist and boundary-pushing pornography.
Julian Morgans
5.9.15
Stuff

We Asked Some Young Russians What They Think of All The Stuff That’s Getting Banned in Their Country

Porn, dancing, the list goes on – we asked five young people living in Russia what they'll do now they're not allowed to twerk anymore.
Alice Tchernookova
5.6.15
Longreads Or Whatever

Black Pussy and Viet Cong: When Is A Band Name So Offensive It Should Be Changed?

Freedom of expression and censorship aren't immune to dumb ideas.
Joe Zadeh
3.23.15
Photo

This Guy Is Obsessed with Finding Strangers' Undeveloped Photos in Charity Shops

Levi Bettwieser treats the found films like fragile little babies, carefully welcoming them into the present world.
Russell Dean Stone
2.2.15
Film

Why Is This Harmless-Looking Bollywood Movie Triggering a Huge Free Speech Debate in India?

<i>MSG: The Messenger of God</i> is a Bollywood film that critics claim is trying to proselytise on behalf of a bizarre and controversial religious sect.
Mike Pearl
1.22.15
Stuff

A Persian Cartoonist Illustrated His Fall from Grace in His New Graphic Novel

One day Mana Neyestani woke up and found himself a criminal and a racist—a once-respected artist turned into a prisoner, then a fugitive, then a refugee.
Deji Bryce Olukotun
12.13.14
The Film That Made Me...

'Salò' Was the Film That Truly Shocked Me

The internet exposed me to the depths of human cruelty, but it was Pasolini's masterpiece that truly disgusted and beguiled me.
Joe Bish
12.9.14
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