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How China Made Sure There'd Be No 'Touch of Sin' at the Oscars

Jiang Wu in 'A Touch of Sin.'

Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin' has thus far been denied an official release permit in China — tantamount to an Oscars ban, writes Jonathan Landreth.

India's Move on 'Hindus' Shows Disturbing Fear of Free Expression

Image taken from the cover of Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History.'
Arts

The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."

Interview: Former 'Southern Weekend' Editor Discusses China's Censorship Battles

A protester whose banner reads “Freedom of the Press Reflects the Public’s Opinion” outside the Southern Media Group headquarters in Guangzhou on January 9, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Former Southern Weekend editor Chang Ping tells ChinaFile that conflicts between journalists and censors at the newspaper go way back.

The Growth of China's Film Audience Means Xenophobia Doesn't Pay

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Lifestyle

In their own ways, Red Dawn and Skyfall made major efforts to accomodate the growing Chinese film market.

Photos: Singapore's Samantha Lo Sticks it to the Man

Samantha Lo, 25, was arrested for posting stickers like this one around Singapore. (Samantha Lo/skl0.tumblr.com)
Multimedia

Samantha Lo, a 25-year-old Singaporean graphic artist, was arrested for posting stickers on crosswalk buttons. We take a look at some of her work.

An Absent Presence: How China's Netizens Commemorated an Important Anniversary

 A particularly empty image of Beijing's Chang'an Avenue. (Sina Weibo)
Lifestyle

Popular social media websites like Sina Weibo have become the frontline of a virtual showdown between censors and aggrieved netizens every June 4 in China, writes Sun Yunfan.

Top Tweets: Ridiculing the Latest Ban in Pakistan

A Pakistani resident uses a computer to browse a newspaper website in Quetta on May 20, 2012, after the country's government blocked social networking website Twitter. (Banaras Khan/AFP/GettyImages)
Lifestyle

In 140 characters or less, Pakistanis react with scorn and satire when their government briefly blocks access to Twitter.

Exile Now Even Lonelier: Chinese Poet Says London Book Fair Excludes Dissident Voices

Exiled Chinese poet Bei Ling at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. (Ekko)
Arts

Chinese poet Bei Ling says the London Book Fair's celebration of China is shutting out some of its most important dissident voices in the name of money.

Karl Marx and China's Big Chill 2.0

This statue of Karl Marx (L) and Friedrich Engels graces Shanghai's Fuxing Park. (Hennie Schaper/Flickr)
Policy

As China embarks on another internet crackdown in the name of maintaining stability, Jeffrey Wasserstrom calls into question the predictive powers of Karl Marx.

Top Tweets: Twitter Users React to Censorship Announcement

Policy

Twitter announced on Thursday that it will reserve the right to "reactively withhold" tweets on a country-to-country basis. "As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression," declared the official Twitter blog.