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September 24 2019

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How the Nazis took control of Hollywood

August 1, 2013

«During the 1930’s golden age of Hollywood, executives throughout the movie industry slowly went from being influenced by Nazis in Germany to being totally under their control, according to a controversial new book.

In an excerpt obtained by the Hollywood Reporter from the upcoming book “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler” written by Ben Urwand (Harvard University Press, on sale Sept. 9), the author reveals shocking details about the close “collaboration” between Hollywood and Nazi officials.»

August 30 2019

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@chahongkong: After a Chinese company, Tencent, hugely invested in Reddit, Reddit has become one of the most heavily censored websites. Reddit r/pics suppressed topics about #HongKongProtests, and Tiananmen Square recently. It shows how evil #chinazi is.

August 21 2018

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@IranTodayPTV on Twitter - another victim of social media’s war on “fake news” source.

January 10 2018

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You still love Facebook?

“Totalitarianism and everyone should be outraged. But you are not. You cooperate in your own oppression with your silence because you don't think that this has anything to do with you.” — @ajamubaraka

October 12 2017

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs

"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."
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August 24 2017

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July 19 2017

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China's Censors Can Now Erase Images Mid-Transmission

Eva Dou, reporting for WSJ:

China's already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength -- the ability to delete images in one-on-one chats as they are being transmitted, making them disappear before receivers see them. The ability is part of a broader technology push by Beijing's censors to step up surveillance and get ahead of activists and others communicating online in China (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). Displays of this new image-filtering capability kicked into high gear last week as Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo lay dying from liver cancer and politically minded Chinese tried to pay tribute to him, according to activists and a new research report. Wu Yangwei, a friend of the long-jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said he used popular messaging app WeChat to send friends a photo of a haggard Mr. Liu embracing his wife. Mr. Wu believed the transmissions were successful, but he said his friends never saw them. "Sometimes you can get around censors by rotating the photo," said Mr. Wu, a writer better known by his pen name, Ye Du. "But that doesn't always work." There were disruptions on Tuesday to another popular messaging app, Facebook's WhatsApp, with many China-based users saying they were unable to send photos and videos without the use of software that circumvents Chinese internet controls. Text messages appeared to be largely unaffected.

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July 15 2017

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BBC News: Liu Xiaobo

  • Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Liu Xiaobo played a significant role in the Tiananmen Square student protests of June 1989, which ended in bloodshed when they were quashed by government troops.

    He and other activists negotiated the safe exit of several hundred demonstrators, and have been credited with saving their lives.

    He was subsequently placed in a detention centre and released in 1991.

    Mr Liu's campaign to free those detained during the Tiananmen Square protests landed him in a labour camp in north-eastern China for three years, but he was permitted to marry poet Liu Xia there in 1996.

    He was later freed, and continued to campaign for democracy.

    The 11-year jail term was handed down in 2009 after he compiled, with other intellectuals, the Charter 08 manifesto. It called for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.

    Mr Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state.

    He was a pro-democracy figurehead for activists outside mainland China, although many of his compatriots were unaware of his struggles because the authorities rigorously censored news about him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn't erase (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Beijing's problem began in 2010 when he won a Nobel Peace Prize. That immediately catapulted Liu Xiaobo into an international A-list of those imprisoned for their beliefs, alongside Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Carl von Ossietzky.

    The last in that list may be unfamiliar to some, but to Beijing he's a particularly uncomfortable parallel. Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist who won the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize while incarcerated in a concentration camp. Hitler would not allow a member of the laureate's family to collect the award on his behalf.

    Liu Xiaobo was also serving a prison sentence for subversion when he won the peace prize. Beijing would not let his wife collect the award and instead placed her under house arrest. Liu Xiaobo was represented at the 2010 award ceremony in Oslo by an empty chair and the comparisons began between 21st Century China and 1930s Germany.

    Strict censorship is another shared feature of both cases. Mention of Carl von Ossietzky's 1935 Nobel peace prize was banned in Nazi Germany and the same is true of Liu Xiaobo's award in China today. For a time China even banned the search term ‘empty chair’. So he has been an embarrassment to China internationally, but at home few Chinese are aware of him. Even as foreign doctors contradicted the Chinese hospital on his fitness to travel, and Hong Kong saw vigils demanding his release, blanket censorship in mainland China kept the public largely ignorant of the dying Nobel laureate in their midst.

    Selective amnesia is state policy in China and from Liu Xiaobo's imprisonment until his death, the government worked hard to erase his memory. To make it hard for family and friends to visit, he was jailed nearly 400 miles from home. His wife Liu Xia was shrouded in surveillance so suffocating that she gradually fell victim to mental and physical ill health. Beijing punished the Norwegian government to the point where Oslo now shrinks from comment on Chinese human rights or Liu Xiaobo's Nobel prize.

    But in death as in life, Liu Xiaobo has refused to be erased. The video footage of the dying man which China released outside the country was clearly intended to prove to the world that everything was done to give him a comfortable death. The unintended consequence is to make him a martyr for China's downtrodden democracy movement and to deliver a new parallel with the Nobel Peace Prize of 1930s Germany.

    Liu Xiaobo was granted medical parole only in the terminal stage of his illness, and even in hospital he was under close guard with many friends denied access to his bedside. Nearly 80 years ago, Carl von Ossietzky also died in hospital under prison guard after medical treatment came too late to save him.”

  • Liu Xiaobo death: 'Even RIP is being deleted by censors' (Jul. 13 2017)

    “Chinese-language sites appear to have steered clear of reporting the story altogether - a news search of ‘Liu Xiaobo’ on leading Chinese search engine Baidu brings up no domestic press mentions of Mr Liu since February.

    On social media, it is very much the same story. A search on the popular Sina Weibo microblog brings up a message saying ‘according to relevant laws and policies, results for “Liu Xiaobo” cannot be displayed’.

    Many apparently innocuous comments from influential users appear to have been deleted from Sina Weibo.

    Xu Xin - a user with 31 million followers - posted a few candle emojis, which have been removed.

    People often use candle emojis on Weibo to commemorate someone who has died.

    'TobyandElias' wrote: ‘Weibo is really busy tonight - things are constantly being deleted. Even R...I...P is being deleted’”

  • Liu Xiaobo: Concern for China dissident's widow Liu Xia (Jul. 14 2017)

    “Amid the controversy, attention is shifting to Mr Liu's wife, with mounting concern for her mental health.

    In a statement the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it was ‘deeply worried about Liu Xia's situation’ and called upon the Chinese authorities to ‘lift all restrictions they have put upon her’.

    ‘If she wants to leave China, there is no justification for denying her the opportunity to do so.’

    Liu Xia, a poet, is said to be suffering from depression after spending years under house arrest and heavy surveillance. She was allowed to visit her husband in hospital.

    ‘She has been, what shall I say, contaminated by her husband's situation,’ Ms Reiss-Andersen told the BBC.

    ‘She has been held in house arrest and has been isolated for several years now... and she has not been a political activist as her husband has been.’

    Germany, UK, France, the United States and Taiwan have called on China to allow her to leave the country if she wishes.

    The call was endorsed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who urged China to ‘guarantee Liu Xia's freedom of movement’.

    Rights group Amnesty International has started a petition for her release, saying ‘it's time the Chinese authorities stop cruelly punishing’ the artist.

    The Chinese foreign ministry said Liu Xia would be treated in accordance with the law.”

    “In mainland China, international reports on Liu Xiaobo's death have been censored, and local media have carried virtually no reports apart from sparse coverage in English, correspondents say.

    Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times said in an English editorial that Mr Liu was ‘a victim led astray’ by the West.

    Online in China, many comments on his death on social media also appear to have been censored.

    Mr Liu's friends in China have been told by authorities not to organise any memorial events, according to Germany-based activist Tienchi Martin-Liao, who told the BBC that ‘many have been detained already’.

    But outside the mainland, Chinese activists have been openly mourning him, with hundreds in Hong Kong attending a vigil on Thursday night.”

  • Charter 08: A call for change in China (Dec. 9 2010)

    “Charter 08 advocates a whole series of reforms that would result in a separation of powers, a new constitution and legislative democracy.

    It says the Chinese Communist Party's approach to modernisation has been ‘disastrous’.

    If its suggestions were introduced, it would mean the end of the current political system that the party has fought so hard to maintain.”

    “China's top leaders - most notably the premier, Wen Jiabao - have also themselves raised the idea that the country's political system should be reformed.

    But the authorities were so concerned about Charter 08 that they put pressure on many of those who supported it.

    Some were simply asked to withdraw their signatures.

    But Liu Xiaobo, as one of the authors, was given a harsher sentence. He is currently serving an 11-year jail term at a prison Jinzhou in northeast China.”

May 05 2015

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February 07 2015

France Implements Administrative Net Censorship

Paris, February 6, 2015 - After review by the French Cabinet last Wednesday, the implementation decree for the administrative blocking of pedopornographic and terrorist websites was published today.

This decree implements the provisions of to the Loppsi Act (15 March 2011) and the "Terrorism" Act (13 November 2014), both of which La Quadrature du Net opposed. It gives the government the power to directly order French telecom operators to block access to websites deemed to convey content relating to child abuse or terrorism, without any court order.

In 2010, while then-Ministers Michèle Alliot-Marie and Brice Hortefeux were pushing for the Loppsi act, the Socialist Party, then the Opposition, opposed these administrative blocking for child abuse content. Yet in 2014, Bernard Cazeneuve, the French socialist Interior Minister, extended this liberty-infringing scheme to terrorism-related content.

"With this decree establishing the administrative censorship for Internet content, France once again circumvents the judicial power, betraying the separation of powers in limiting what is the first freedom of all in a democracy -- freedom of speech. Website blocking is ineffective since it is easily circumvented. It is also disproportionate because of the risk of over-blocking perfectly lawful content, especially with the blocking technique retained by the Government1. The measure only gives the illusion that the State is acting for our safety, while going one step further in undermining fundamental rights online. We must now bring this decree before the French Council of State to get it overturned." said Felix Tréguer, founding member of La Quadrature du Net.

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December 01 2014

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