Topic / Censorship

Jewish newspaper publishes ‘modest’ photo of Clinton

An Orthodox Jewish newpaper based in Monsey, New York, has become the target of scorn after it published a photo of Hillary Clinton with her face obscured. According to this report, OnlySimchas.com, an Orthodox dating website, reacted to the Yated Ne’eman picture by saying: History is made as Yated Ne’eman publishes a picture of Hillary […]

Christians in Estonia kick up a fuss over Virgin Mary exhibit

Visitors to Estonia’s new National Museum are invited to kick the base of a glass box containing an image of the Virgin Mary, but the clever high-tech exhibit has enraged Christians who want it removed. According to this report, when people kick a spot on the plinth below the glass box, the Mary image fragments […]

Censorship is being forced on Facebook over atheist pages

A coordinated campaign by fundamentalist Islamic groups has led to Facebook shutting down a number of Arabic atheist pages. According to this report, the social media platform has removed more than 16 Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to “violations” of its “Community Standards”. The closure has left more than 100,000 atheists in Muslim dominant countries without […]

Two Turkish journalists jailed over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Turkish journalists Hikmet Cetinkaya, left, and Ceyda Karan, are to appeal two-year jail sentences imposed on them yesterday for fomenting ‘hatred and enmity in the people via means of the press’ by republishing cartoons of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to this report, the cartoons in Cumhuriyet, an opposition […]

Thanks to the Internet, banned gay music video becomes a hit

Last month Kenyan censors banned the country’s first  gay-themed music video – and the Streisand Effect immediately kicked in. The video, Same Love, was posted on YouTube, and has so far attracted over 135,000 views. According to this report, because the video features a scantily clad man and his boyfriend in bed and two women […]

Ad company rejects Sam Harris billboards

A series of billboards, including the one above, have have been rejected by a major Australian outdoor advertising company. The ads were to be posted in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to promote a January 2016 tour by atheist and best-selling American author Sam Harris. Promoters had planned to run Harris quotes on black billboards that […]

US Christians angry over new sitcom

Impastor, which premiered this summer on the TV Land channel,  follows Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), above, a fugitive and hard-core gambling addict who, in order to hide from a pair of loan sharks, ends up stealing the identity of a recently deceased gay pastor who was relocating to Ladner, a local small-town community. According to […]

NZ Christian group forces book ban

A prurient bunch of Christian prodnoses, Family First, has succeeded in getting an award-winning book for young adults banned in New Zealand. The Film and Literature Board of Review, according to this report, has placed an interim restriction order on Into The River, by Auckland author Ted Dawe, above, meaning it cannot be sold, lent […]

Media term ‘Islamic State’ is offensive

Last year a coalition of imams and organisations representing British Muslims said it wanted everyone from the Prime Minister down to stop referring to the Islamic State as Islamic State. According to this report they demanded that politicians and the media start referring to the Muslim terror group as the “Un-Islamic State” In a letter […]

Author fears violent Islamic reactions

If the illustrations in Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible are anything to go by, his latest project, featuring the Koran, would have been a very welcome addition to a growing list of books that approach religion in an irreverent manner. But Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children’s […]