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Facebook, Google, Twitter threaten to suspend services in Pakistan over new censorship rules

Pakistan’s government passed new rules regulating social media last month, and mandated that companies will have to share data with agencies when asked.
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Hotstar blocked John Oliver show even before Modi govt could ask. It’s a dangerous new trend

All the world’s an outrage. So, even before anything happened or Modi government protested, Hotstar pre-emptively removed Last Week Tonight episode on the PM.
The Indian censor board has made headlines often for its unusual decisions

Censor Board wants Bangladesh reference ‘cut or replaced’ from pro-CAA ad film

Producer and director of the four ad films, Sanghamitra Choudhury said she feels 'helpless' due to the delay caused by the objections, and might consult her lawyers.
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Emergency-era censorship affected films so badly that even a spot of blood was cut out

Kishore Kumar's songs were taken off AIR. Stars such as Dev Anand were harassed. Even Raj Kapoor and Satyajit Ray were given advice on film-making.
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Google employees claim they are being censored at work

Google says its new community guidelines are an effort to curb increased incivility at work.
Actor Shweta Tripathi at ThePrint's Democracy Wall event at Hyderabad’s NALSAR University | ThePrint

As an artiste, I would never support censorship: Actor Shweta Tripathi

At ThePrint’s Democracy Wall, Shweta Tripathi gets candid about age-related discrimination, celebs’ political opinions, web series trend and more.

India makes most requests for net censorship, more than even Russia & Pakistan, says study

India also topped the individual list for requests made to Facebook, 70,815, which is 91 per cent of the total appeals forwarded by the country.
Chinese movie business

China is stifling its own movie business

China, the world’s second largest cinema-market, battles tough govt censorship, while a clamp down on tax evasion is spooking investors.
Pak PM Imran Khan

It’s not just people, in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan interviews go missing too

Creeping fascism is what defines Naya Pakistan. What doesn’t please the ear, won’t be heard.
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It’s regressive, NYT is the loser, Indian cartoonists say as it scraps political cartoons

Cartoonists say ‘better newspapers’ in India give them a free hand and digital publications are helping their cause.

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Understanding potential Covid-19 vaccines and how they can defeat the virus

In episode 439 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains how the Covid-19 vaccines under trial can potentially contain the pandemic.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.


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Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.