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  • Jul 13, 2014
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Censorship in China

Nanjing considering Facebook, Twitter access for Asian Youth Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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