Censorship in China

Nanjing considering Facebook, Twitter access for Asian Youth Games

Flame guards light the lantern from the cauldron during the 2nd Asian Youth Games flame-lighting ceremony in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu. Photo: Xinhua

Nanjing authorities are considering whether to “open up” the Great Firewall to Facebook and Twitter, ahead of the 2013 Asian Youth Games in August.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 2:05pm

Why China needs its critics

Mao Yushi. Photo: Reuters

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

3 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Django...finally unchained in mainland China, but flops on opening day

Django Unchained returns to Chinese cinemas - four minutes shorter than the pulled version. Photo: AFP

A toned-down version of the film, with less violence and gore, was approved by censors in March, but it was abruptly axed before its April 10 opening day due to “technical reasons”.

14 May 2013 - 1:49pm

Film: Mainlanders don't take a shine to 'Iron Man 3' bonus feature

Performers pose at a promotional event for the film. Photo: Reuters

Compared with recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Django Unchained and Cloud Atlas, which did not escape the snips of Chinese censors, Iron Man 3 is much luckier.

14 May 2013 - 11:40am 1 comment

Long struggle to publish Fang Lizhi's autobiography

Fang Lizhi's autobiography

It was an overdue autobiography, Li Shuxian, wife of Fang Lizhi and the book's collator, write in the preface. Indeed, most of it was written before the couple left Beijing more than 20 years ago following their 13-month confinement at the US embassy in 1989 and 1990.

5 May 2013 - 5:32am

'Django Unchained' gets May China release after 'issues' resolved

A Chinese couple walk past a movie poster of US movie 'Django Unchained' in Shanghai, China, 12 April 2013. Photo: EPA

Quentin Tarantino’s violent slavery revenge fantasy “Django Unchained” will be released in China in May, its US distributors said on Friday, and a Hollywood source said additional cuts had been made after Chinese authorities halted the film’s initial rollout this month.

27 Apr 2013 - 9:56am

No limit to the length and breadth of phishing attacks on dissident writers

Independent Chinese PEN Centre in a symbolic activity to 'deliver' Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia support signature across the world. Photo: Felix Wong

In the winter of 2009 to 2010, a mainland writer friend whose pen name is Zhao Dagong was arrested and detained by the security police. Zhao is vice-president and secretary of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, a group of banned mainland writers whose president is Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate, currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39am

Tarantino tones down violence in Django Unchained for China release

The mainland version of "Django Unchained", starring Christoph Waltz as Schultz (left) and Jamie Foxx as Django, will still have a 165-minute running time. Photo: AP

The director-scriptwriter will be toning down the violence and gore for mainland Chinese theatres, according to the film’s mainland distributors.

10 Apr 2013 - 2:34pm

Confessional last letter of Southern Weekly's in-house censor days before he died

A man displays a copy of the Southern Weekly at a newsstand in Guangzhou, Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo: AP)

The former in-house censor of China’s leading liberal newspaper Southern Weekly died on Wednesday - just three days into his retirement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, April 4, 2013

Kai Tak has a famous aviation history. Photo: SCMP

Item 86 in the chief executive's policy address dealt with the development of the western tip of the former Kai Tak runway. It said this site in the Kai Tak Development Area had "excellent potential to be developed into a tourism and entertainment hub" and proposed "an 'edutainment' destination which will reflect Kai Tak's unique aviation, maritime, and transportation history".

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am 6 comments

'How much longer for us?' ask Chinese after Myanmar ends media censorship

A street vendor reads a new private daily newspaper at a roadside stall in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Netizens - anxious about media censorship in China - experienced both envy and excitement on Tuesday, a day after privately-owned daily newspapers hit Myanmar’s streets for the first time in decades.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:08pm 1 comment

Time for Beijing to stop its media propaganda

Former US National Security Adviser, Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski. Photo: Chan Kiu

The "transcript" of an interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser of US president Jimmy Carter, was published in the People's Daily's English-language online edition. I put "transcript" in quotation marks because, as it turns out, it was not a full account of what Brzezinski said. His praise of China was published in full but his most critical remarks were left out.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am 9 comments

'Ridiculous' rape scene 'may be cut' from anti-Japanese war drama

Actress Jiang Xin plays a bow and arrow-wielding, cowboy hat-wearing heroine in anti-Japanese war drama 'Ready to Fly'.

The scene from the mainland TV series Jianzai Xianshang, or “Ready to Fly” in English, received a flood of online complaints ahead of its debut on Sichuan, Guizhou and Henan primetime television. It shows attractive heroine from China successfully fending off Japanese troops attempting to rape her. 

26 Mar 2013 - 12:43pm 3 comments

Film buffs thrilled after China unblocks IMDB movie database

The popular IMDB website was unblocked by Chinese censors on Wednesday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s movie fans were thrilled and baffled after finding out on Wednesday that popular movie website IMDB (Internet Movie Database) had been unblocked by censors - an unexpected move many consider a signal that more changes are coming.

7 Mar 2013 - 10:44pm

Programmers angry over blocking of GitHub code-sharing site


The latest group of mainlanders angered by the "great firewall" is the software-developer community, with its favourite code-sharing site, US-based GitHub, blocked since Monday.

Access appeared to have partially resumed late yesterday.

The blocking triggered a massive outcry from programmers, the loudest since Google closed its Chinese search service on the mainland in 2010.

24 Jan 2013 - 10:04am