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University apologises for Black Lives Matter ‘censorship’ email

university apologises for black lives matter ‘censorship’ email

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Liverpool John Moores University has apologised for asking staff to check with its communications team before using institutional social media accounts to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.The email, sent by head of corporate communications Ben Jones to LJMU social media account holders, urged “caution” when it came to liking, sharing or retweeting when attempting to engage with or show support for issues related to Black Lives Matter and slavery commemorations.
“The university through its main accounts is doing that, with the agreement and sign-off [of] the [vice-chancellor] and others…If you feel you want or need to engage in any way on these issues, please check that with me first,” the email said.
Times Higher Education understands that a number of staff were angered and upset by what they saw as an act of censorship.
In response, Mr Jones sent a subsequent email apologising for the “pain, concern and anger” he had caused.
“I know that my email has been interpreted as an attempt to gag or censor comments from LJMU staff on the issue of Black Lives Matter. The fact that my intention in sending this email about LJMU accounts was in no way to …

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Venezuelans defy censorship to broadcast their own news bulletins – from their balconies

venezuelans defy censorship to broadcast their own news bulletins – from their balconies

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Laura Helena Castillo is one of the founders of “Bus TV” and “La Cruz TV”. She told our team how they came up with the idea to keep on broadcasting local news from their windows and balconies after La Cruz went into lockdown. They’ve started referring to the project as “La Ventana TV”, which means “Window TV”.  When lockdown began, at first, we were worried because we’ve always carried out our projects in the street, in close contact with people, and we had to stop it all. So, we decided to try and develop other activities that would allow us to respect social distancing measures.We did our very first news bulletins from our windows in mid-May. We got this idea because we had seen how balconies had become a space for expression in Europe during lockdown, allowing contact with the rest of the world. People were singing, playing music and applauding…

The very first window news bulletin was delivered in mid-May. In this video, you can hear someone saying, “This afternoon, starting at 4pm, La Cruz TV will be broadcast from the balcony of our neighbor, Mrs. Rosa Elena Marrobo.”   This is how we prepare each news …

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Hong Kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom – KTVZ

hong kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom – ktvz

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Hong Kong insists its vibrant community of journalists has nothing to fear from the national security legislation China imposed on the city this week. But press freedom advocates worry about creeping self-censorship, and there are signs that the new law may already be having a chilling effect.

In what was once seen as a safe haven of free speech for local and foreign news organizations operating in the region, journalists and their sources are growing increasingly wary that as China takes a firmer grip on Hong Kong, they could be prosecuted.

The new law applies to any person in Hong Kong, both locals and foreign nationals. It criminalizes actions like calling for Hong Kong independence, or working with a foreign entity “to incite hatred” toward the Chinese government. A new enforcement committee will “strengthen the management” of NGOs and media working in Hong Kong. The police will also have new powers to search premises, wiretap suspects and order people to “delete information or provide assistance.”

Article 4 of the law says “the freedoms of speech, of the press, of publication, of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration” will be protected. But it also criminalizes the leaking of “state secrets,” …

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Hong Kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom

hong kong’s security law could have a chilling effect on press freedom

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In what was once seen as a safe haven of free speech for local and foreign news organizations operating in the region, journalists and their sources are growing increasingly wary that as China takes a firmer grip on Hong Kong, they could be prosecuted. The new law applies to any person in Hong Kong, both locals and foreign nationals. It criminalizes actions like calling for Hong Kong independence, or working with a foreign entity “to incite hatred” toward the Chinese government. A new enforcement committee will “strengthen the management” of NGOs and media working in Hong Kong. The police will also have new powers to search premises, wiretap suspects and order people to “delete information or provide assistance.” Article 4 of the law says “the freedoms of speech, of the press, of publication, of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration” will be protected. But it also criminalizes the leaking of “state secrets,” a vague term commonly used in China to cover a range of issues deemed to be in the national interest and which has been used in the past to imprison journalists like Gao Yu on the mainland. That could deter both journalists and sources from reporting or …

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As in mainland China, Hong Kongers now use code to evade political censorship

as in mainland china, hong kongers now use code to evade political censorship

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The speed with which Hong Kong has descended into repressive authoritarian rule is being matched by the city’s protesters, who are moving just as quickly to stay one step ahead of censors.Just two days after the sweeping national security law was signed into force on Tuesday (June 30), the Hong Kong government officially created the city’s first thoughtcrime: it banned the protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,”(光復香港, 時代革命) declaring it to be secessionist and subversive, and hence in breach of the new law.Legal scholars have already questioned the validity of the government’s blanket ban on the slogan without regard for intent and the scope for different interpretations of the phrase. But whether or not the ban ultimately holds up in court is besides the point. Its mere existence right now fundamentally undermines freedom of speech, expression, and thought.True to the Hong Kong protest movement’s reputation for being resilient and creatively versatile, people have already come up with all sorts of ideas to skirt the ban on their rallying cry. Where last year Cantonese was creatively deployed as an expression of satire and identity, it’s now used as an antidote …

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Hong Kong Authorities Censor Popular Protest Slogan in Latest Clampdown on Free Speech

hong kong authorities censor popular protest slogan in latest clampdown on free speech

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“Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times,” one of the most well-known protest chants since mass Hong Kong demonstrations ignited in 2019, has now been banned, as the local government has deemed it a violation of the newly imposed national security law.
The Hong Kong government said in a July 2 statement that the slogan is now considered illegal, as it connotes the idea of “‘Hong Kong independence,’ or separating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from the People’s Republic of China, altering the legal status of the HKSAR, or subverting the State power.”
The Hong Kong government said it made the decision because protesters “displayed or possessed items” containing the phrase. “The HKSAR Government strongly condemns any acts which challenge the sovereignty, unification, and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China,” according to the statement released late Thursday night.
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The phrase was first coined by Edward Leung, former spokesman of pro-independence political party Hong Kong Indigenous, in 2016 as a campaign slogan when he ran for a lawmaker position. He was soon disqualified on the grounds that advocating for independence was a violation …

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Hong Kongers Self-Censor as Security Law Bites

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HONG KONG—The chill from the sweeping national-security law China imposed on Hong Kong is sending shudders through a city where people are used to speaking freely. Despite official assurances the law would apply only to an “extremely small minority,” alarm has spread beyond the activists, journalists and teachers accustomed to authorities’ scrutiny. The antigovernment movement has enjoyed broad popular support—pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory in district elections last November—and anxiety is extending to regular…

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No politics, please! Hong Kong finance professionals impose self-censorship after security law

no politics, please! hong kong finance professionals impose self-censorship after security law

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Thursday, July 02, 2020 6:39 a.m. EDT

by Thomson Reuters

By Sumeet Chatterjee and Scott Murdoch
HONG KONG (Reuters) – A year ago, growing anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong were a hot topic in conversations among bankers, lawyers and other investment professionals in one of the world’s biggest and freest financial hubs.
On Thursday, two days after China imposed a controversial new security law on the city, you could almost hear a pin drop. Bankers were tight lipped, shunning any mention of the legislation over the phone or messaging apps in a sign of how much disquiet it has triggered.
More than half a dozen people Reuters spoke to said they chose not to talk about the impact of the law on their businesses with their colleagues and external contacts, though there had been no such official instruction from their respective organizations.
The sweeping legislation pushed the semi-autonomous city, which is the regional home for a large number of global financial companies, on to a more authoritarian path.
The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
While it doesn’t directly impact the financial sector, its provisions including giving a special police …

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No politics, please! HK finance professionals impose self-censorship after security law

no politics, please! hk finance professionals impose self-censorship after security law

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Thursday, July 02, 2020 6:39 a.m. EDT

by Thomson Reuters

By Sumeet Chatterjee and Scott Murdoch
HONG KONG (Reuters) – A year ago, growing anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong were a hot topic in conversations among bankers, lawyers and other investment professionals in one of the world’s biggest and freest financial hubs.
On Thursday, two days after China imposed a controversial new security law on the city, you could almost hear a pin drop. Bankers were tight lipped, shunning any mention of the legislation over the phone or messaging apps in a sign of how much disquiet it has triggered.
More than half a dozen people Reuters spoke to said they chose not to talk about the impact of the law on their businesses with their colleagues and external contacts, though there had been no such official instruction from their respective organizations.
The sweeping legislation pushed the semi-autonomous city, which is the regional home for a large number of global financial companies, on to a more authoritarian path.
The law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
While it doesn’t directly impact the financial sector, its provisions including giving a special police …

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Reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

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Reddit bans 2,000 communities in major censorship action

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Kevin Reed
2 July 2020

In a major act of social media censorship, the news aggregation site Reddit banned more than 2,000 communities, known as subreddits, on Monday, claiming they were in violation of the platform’s new content policy against “hate speech.”
The most prominent of the terminated subreddits was a right-wing forum called r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump group that was a notorious online gathering place for sharing racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic memes, videos and other content. The subreddit had approximately 790,000 active members.
Reddit executives, including CEO Steve Huffman, also a founder of the platform, argued that the group had regularly broken platform rules by allowing its members to target and harass others with hate speech. Huffman told reporters on Monday, “Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people. ‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”
In an official statement on its content policy, Reddit wrote: “All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity. The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us …

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