For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Where The Economist is censored
Sep 21st 2010
However its censorship consists of stamping “Illegal” on maps of Kashmir because it disputes the borders shown. China is more proscriptive. Distributors destroy copies or remove articles that contain contentious political content, and maps of Taiwan are usually blacked out. In Sri Lanka both news-stand and subscription copies with coverage of the country may be confiscated at customs. They are then released a couple of weeks later (sometimes sooner if the story is also reported by another news outlet). In Malaysia the information ministry blacks out some stories that it judges may offend Muslims, among other things. And in Libya, four consecutive editions were confiscated in late August/early September 2009, the first of which featured a piece critical of Muammar Qaddafi.
Images can also prompt action. The cover of last year’s Christmas issue showing Adam and Eve was censored in five countries. Malaysian officials covered up Eve’s breasts. Pakistan objected to the depiction of Adam, which it said broke a prohibition on depicting Koranic figures.