A world of censorship: China, Turkey, Azerbaijan or Mexico are not so distant

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  • China’s latest internet controls to stifle free expression. The new regulations, issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China, require that news websites be incorporated in China and be managed by a Chinese citizen. Joint ventures involved in gathering or disseminating news need special security clearance. Business and news operations are to be separated, with only publicly-funded news gathering operations allowed. A range of fines, generally up to 30,000 yuan (US$4353), is specified for different infractions, which may also be referred for criminal investigation.
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  • Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia. Turkish regulators blocked access to the reference website Wikipedia, saying it supported “terrorism,” the BBC reported on April 29. TV news channel NTV cited an official who said that the government contacted the website to demand that it remove “a massive amount” of material from the site and complained that articles on the website “portrayed Turkey on the same level as terrorist organizations.” When Wikipedia refused to remove the material, the Turkish government blocked access to it in the country. According to NTV, Turkey expects Wikipedia to open an office in Turkey, to “obey international laws, not to participate in the operations of [vilifying] Turkey,” and “to respect the orders of [Turkish] courts.”
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  • Mexico is the most dangerous place for journalists in the Western Hemisphere: 37 journalists have been murdered for their work since 1992. Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Authorities have appointed a special prosecutor to investigate attacks and establish a protection mechanism, but a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexican journalists to one of the most dangerous environments in the world. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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  • The creator of Google News has an idea for how platforms can help stop fake news. Krishna Bharat published a Medium post that outlined a way that platforms could use a combination of algorithms and human editors to cut off certain stories as they begin to gain traction through shares, searches, and other types of engagement. He describes this phenomenon as a wave.
  • A former fake news creator on covering fake news. The creator of the Denver Guardian and other fake news sites on the financial motivations behind misinformation. “While some suggest fake news is responsible for the decline in trust in traditional media sources, I would argue the opposite. Fake news is the result of declining trust. As consumers of content become more disheartened by trusted sources, they seek information from sources that are less credible. In that regard, President Trump may be a blessing in that his continued criticism of the media has led to deep conversations about the future of journalism and the important role played by the fourth estate.”

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