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‘A very bad day’: Greste’s shocking verdict

On-the-ground observers say Peter Greste’s Egyptian trial was bizarre and incompetent, and his seven-year prison sentence has brought international condemnation. Freelance writer Rachel Williamson reports.

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East Timor elites try to muzzle media

East Timor’s authorities want to restrict the media — making a mockery of freedom of speech in the country. Jose Belo, East Timorese journalist and director of Tempo Semanal, explains.

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Tips and rumours

Openings for SCG trustees … fire in the PMO … “climate change” banned at ABARES, DFAT …

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Media briefs: Turnbull’s good news … TV two-faces … power PRs …

The most powerful corporate affairs executives in the country, how Turnbull boosted media stocks, and other media tid-bits of the day….

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SA’s proud history of ignorance

Crikey readers talk art censorship, public servants and the lack of science minister.

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Henson hysteria in Adelaide merely uninformed panic

In response to tabloid beat-ups and moral panic, photographer Bill Henson has pulled out of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. InDaily arts editor Suzie Keen says it’s a terrible shame.

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Media briefs: Tele subbies … Iran on Facebook … Sheridan scoop …

Iranians were able to use Facebook for a few hours on Tuesday morning, but the social network was quickly shut down again.

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Back to the future with the Coalition’s Net Nanny policy

The Coalition is poised to resume its history of internet censorship with its cyberbullying policy.

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Magazines don’t kill people, bombs do

Rolling Stone made alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev its cover for this month’s edition. But why are we all so outraged?

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Censorship? Climate sceptics culled from universities

Two prominent climate sceptics have lost their jobs with their respective universities. As Andrew Bolt cries ‘censorship’, Crikey looks more closely at the story of Murry Salby and Bob Carter.

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Media briefs: The Age‘s mushie mix-up … asylum vox pop … the Linden guarded

The Age has inadvertently told its readers a poisonous mushroom has hallucinogenic properties.

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Tips and rumours

More bad news for News Corp … the Liberals’ obsession with Gillard and s-x …Facebook censorship

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Activists say no-pium to Google, Facebook ‘censorship’

An upstart political party has taken aim at Google for banning it from using its logo or the word “opium” in its online ads, while another activist group is fighting with Facebook over claims of censorship.

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Tips and rumours

Optus redundos … anti-Maccas group has Facebook page censored … Liberals at it again with the wrong electorate …

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ANU censorship fans the flames of Islamophobia

ANU’s student newspaper ran a satirical infographic poking fun of Islam; ANU responded with censorship. Outgoing Woroni editor Farz Edraki argues, ironically, it’s been more damaging than the graphic.

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Tips and rumours

Promoter has parted ways with the Vivid Sydney Festival … are uni emails being read by the boss? … no, NSW Premier does not keep guns on display …

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No joke, some things aren’t worth laughing about

Crikey readers have their say.

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Conroy’s new filter a political victory, but for how long?

The federal government has abandoned its internet filter, relying on a section of the Telecommunications Act to force telcos to act. But will it actually work?

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When they start locking up writers you know a Malaysian election is near

You can tell there’s pre-election tension in Malaysia when they lock up writers. The arrest of an Australian-educated publisher came as no surprise in a country where censorship remains heavy-handed, writes Geoff Lemon.

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Parliament House filter blocks all .info sites

After being told by an MP that the Parliament House computers wouldn’t let them view his blog, Syd Walker started asking questions about which sites are blocked for parliamentarians.

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The tweets must flow, except when they risk revenue

Twitter’s announcement that it will censor tweets on a country-by-country basis has triggered an immediate global outrage about free speech.

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Human Centipede II: why banning violent films creates a new kind of monster

In the online environment, banning films has become the mother of all free advertising, and Human Centipede II just became the latest film to cash in on the infamy of the forbidden.

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Vancouver’s cyber-stasi: a Facebook counter-revolution

Facebook and Twitter is supposed to bring people together. Yet in Vancouver a citizen-led virtual witchhunt is underway for those involved in a recent riot — with potentially profound implications for mass surveillance and control, writes Inga Ting.

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War on the Internet IV: you are the network’s resilience

The effectiveness of government attacks on the internet can be blunted by some easily-accessible tools.

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War on the internet part III: lessons from the 17th, 19th centuries

The internet isn’t the first wave of historic connectedness. We’ve been here before, and so have governments.

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