Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Cameras Don’t Break Rules, People Break Rules

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A portrait session that results in the death of the subject should be called a failure.

As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, a group of photographers and onlookers experienced precisely that level of catastrophic botchery last week in Grand Teton National Park when crowding too close to a moose (not a good idea).

The moose, already agitated by the presence of a nearby bull moose, was scared by the approaching park-visitors and bolted before stumbling over a picnic table and landing on a fire grate. With its hoof caught in the grate, the half-ton animal collapsed and broke its leg so badly that park rangers were forced to put it down. Read more…

China Blocks Instagram as Hong Kong Protest Photos Roll In

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In the wake of the pro-democracy Occupy Central protests rocking Hong Kong, the Chinese government has tightened its already short censorship leash, adding photo sharing site Instagram to the list of sites now unusable in mainland China.
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Facebook Bans Female Rowing Club, Calls Its Charity Calendar ‘Pornography’

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While Facebook has recently updated their guidelines on nudity and what it considers pornography, it looks like not everything has been cleared up. A female university rowing club has been banned from Facebook after promoting a charity calendar that features nude, but non-sexually-explicit, photographs.
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Reports Claim China Has Blocked Access to Flickr Amidst Pro-Democracy Protests

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Recent reports claim that, in an effort to increase censorship, China has blocked Yahoo! photo sharing site Flickr alongside a number of other social media services. According to Greatfire.org, a group dedicated to keeping the Internet open for all, the site has been down since July 1st. Read more…

Reality Show President: An Exposé on the Battle Between the Press and White House

Since late 2013, the White House and the White House Press Corps have clashed several times over. We’ve covered this briefly in the past, but if you’re still not sure what’s going on, how it came to be and why exactly members of the press have gone so far as to call the administration’s policies regarding press access “Orwellian,” this exposé by ReasonTV may help clear things up for you. Read more…

Iran Temporarily Shut Down Instagram this Weekend, Then Denied it Ever Happened


In most countries around the world, it’s taken for granted that if you’d like to share a photo of your lunch or cat (even if, just maybe, you shouldn’t) Instagram is ready and able to help you accomplish your goal. Of course, that’s not true everywhere, as the people of Iran found out yesterday. Read more…

News Agency in Hot Water for Censoring ‘Village Idiot’ Photo of French President

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Agence France Presse is drawing fire from other journalists for withdrawing what one rival described as a “village idiot photo” of French President Francois Hollande. Read more…

French Court Bans Photo Book in Dispute Over One of the Portraits Within

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A French court has banned distribution of a photo book and fined the photographer, essentially for including a portrait the subject didn’t like.
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Controversy After Aussie Photo Contest Censors, Then Uncensors, Birth Photo

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An Australian photographer has succeeded in having her work reinstated to a prominent exhibit, after authorities initially pulled the graphic image of a baby seconds after birth for being “too confronting.”
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New South Wales Government Criticized for Censoring Photojournalism Exhibition

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The Reportage Festival in Sydney, Australia is a well-known Vivid exhibition that displays the powerful work of some of the world’s best photojournalists and documentary photographers. But this year, the New South Wales government has gotten involved by telling the curators what they can and cannot display, stirring up many photographers and anti-censorship advocates in the process. Read more…