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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety will draw up a list of approved sites offering advice about topics such as sex and drugs

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Chinese censors chop 38 minutes from Cloud Atlas including gay and straight love scenes

It follows Skyfall as the latest film to receive extreme modification for distribution in China

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Duel in the newsroom... How paper took on Chinese propaganda chief - and lost

Insider tells how Communist official demanded editorial be printed

Editors at Chinese newspaper call for end to party censorship

Editors of the Southern Weekend newspaper have asked for an end to advance censorship.

Government of Belarus using 'new tools' to silence dissent on internet, says Index on Censorship report

Researchers also highlighted concerns that western technology giants may have sold equipment or software to Belarus that could be used to stifle or monitor dissent

Email trail: What the BBC bosses really knew

On 29 May 2010, Nick Vaughan-Barratt sent an email to George Entwistle (then the BBC’s Controller of Knowledge Commissioning):

China: Nobel prize man backs censorship

This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mo Yan, has compared censorship with airport security checks, saying it is unpleasant but necessary.

Court bans video of Pussy Riot's performance

The group were protesting Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in March's election

Ofcom was right to force ITV to stop showing The Only Way is Essex before watershed, but not because of the swearing

ITV has been told to stop the Sunday lunchtime repeat of The Only Way is Essex due to its adult content, but what about the example it sets to young viewers?

ANC agrees to 'Shoot the Boer' ban

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged yesterday to stop its supporters singing the "Shoot the Boer" anti-apartheid anthem to avoid upsetting white farmers and stirring racial tension.

Can Xi Jinping save China from itself?

If you're interested in the direction of the 21st century, clearly the biggest political event taking place over the next few weeks is happening on November 8th. Not, not the American election. That's November 6th. We're talking about the ascension of Xi Jinping to the position of chief of China's ruling Communist Party, which means that he'll be President of China come March. That's a big deal. In their top leader this week, the super-brains of the Economist - where the average staff age, by the way, is 28 - explain why.

Our libel laws are gagging our scientists

Cost makes the law a high-stakes poker game where you’ve had to go all-in.

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Greek state television channel criticised for cutting Downton Abbey gay kiss

Greek state television came under fire from the country's main opposition party and critics for editing out a gay kiss on Monday's primetime premiere of popular British period drama Downton Abbey.

Ahmed arriving at court back in March

Azhar Ahmed, a tasteless Facebook update, and more evidence of Britain's terrifying new censorship

Have we got such a debased and demoralised view of freedom that we're now willing to lock up people for posting angry comments on social media

The fear of democracy reflected by the political opponents of change to the House of Lords is pathetic

The big questions: Was John Terry wronged? Do we need the Lords? And would you jail bankers?

Answered this week by Clive Stafford Smith

Lord Justice Leveson has 'no truck' with censorship

A judge overseeing an inquiry into press standards today said he would have “no truck” with censorship.

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