Censorship

china

Hong Kong's Youth Won't Let China Erase the Memory of Tiananmen

“I first came because I felt that the June 4 incident was tragic. But now I think that June 4 has more and more to do with Hong Kong’s political situation, or the things we’re fighting against.”
Laurel Chor
6.6.19
News

The Philippine’s Anti-Drug Agency Wants to Ban a Rap Song it Thinks Is About Weed

The agency is convinced the song is about marijuana… even when the rapper himself says it isn’t.
Lex Celera
5.24.19
Social Media

Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp Banned Again in Sri Lanka After Violence Against Muslims

It’s part of a worrisome trend of governments blocking citizens' internet access
Tim Marcin
5.14.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Can Singapore’s New Law Against Fake News Affect Free Speech?

Activists say the law grants the government sweeping powers and could lead to censorship.
Shamani Joshi
5.10.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

This Chinese Boot Camp is Fighting K-Pop's 'Effeminate' Influence on the Male Youth

Its founder encourages slogan shouting and chest beating to create "real men", criticising K-pop as a “calamity" in the country.
Shamani Joshi
5.2.19
Culture

How This Community Cinema in Pakistan Is Overcoming the Country’s Ban on Bollywood Films

We go behind the scenes of Cinema 73, an open-for-all garage on a mission to take back ownership and transcend turbulent political times.
Shamani Joshi
4.26.19
Social Media

Who’s Afraid of TikTok?

The interim ban by the Indian Supreme Court has led to the removal of the Chinese app from Google Play and Apple stores. But digital activists say the move might be reducing India to a “nanny state”.
Pallavi Pundir
4.18.19
Google

The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping

For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. So we bought one ourselves.
Dhruv Mehrotra
Brendan Byrne
4.8.19
Vice Guide to Right Now

The Chinese Version of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Leaves out all LGBT References

Over 4 minutes of LGBT, HIV and drug-related content was omitted from China’s premiere of the film, in line with state censorship.
Edoardo Liotta
3.27.19
resistance

In a 'Culture of Fear', Bangladeshi Photographer Shahidul Alam Held a Festival on Dissent

In Dhaka last week, Chobi Mela resonated with Alam’s call for collective resistance under authoritarian regimes.
Pallavi Pundir
3.11.19
No Country for Free Press

INDIA

India is reportedly the fifth deadliest country for journalists in the world. In the last of our series on media censorship in the subcontinent, we get some perspective from a region that often misses the scrutiny of the national media, the Northeast.
Pallavi Pundir
2.1.19
No Country for Free Press

PAKISTAN

"You may not get credible threats. The perpetrators may skip straight ahead to disappear you": A senior Pakistani journalist tells us why this is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
Pallavi Pundir
1.30.19
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