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China steps up 'massive campaign' of online controls with new rule for bloggers

  • Beginning next week, the Cyberspace Administration of China will require bloggers and influencers to have a government-approved credential before they can publish on a wide range of subjects. Some fear that only state media and official propaganda accounts will get permission.
The latest move is in line with ever more restrictive regulations under President Xi Jinping that constrict an already narrow space for discourse. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo(REUTERS)
The latest move is in line with ever more restrictive regulations under President Xi Jinping that constrict an already narrow space for discourse. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 18, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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UK set for new laws to protect free speech on campus

"I am deeply worried about the chilling effect on campuses of unacceptable silencing and censoring," said education minister Gavin Williamson.
Just six events out of almost 10,000 involving an external speaker were cancelled over the speakers' views in 2019-20, according to a survey in December by the group Wonkhe, which analyses higher education policy.(REUTERS)
Just six events out of almost 10,000 involving an external speaker were cancelled over the speakers' views in 2019-20, according to a survey in December by the group Wonkhe, which analyses higher education policy.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 16, 2021 05:31 PM IST
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Regulating online speech with due process, transparency

Restrictions on online speech should be reasonable in every sense. Else, cyberspace will lose its most distinguishing feature — that it is an arena where individual liberties can be exercised without fear or favour.
FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 06:34 AM IST
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ByVivan Sharan

Let it remain free country: SC after police summon woman over Facebook post

The woman had shared a crowded Raja Bazar area scene of Kolkata and questioned the Mamta Banerjee government’s seriousness to enforce the lockdown.
The Supreme Court stayed the Calcutta High Court order of September 29 asking the Delhi woman to appear in Kolkata while asking the petitioner to cooperate with the investigation.(PTI)
The Supreme Court stayed the Calcutta High Court order of September 29 asking the Delhi woman to appear in Kolkata while asking the petitioner to cooperate with the investigation.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 09:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAbraham Thomas
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