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Monday, June 25, 2018

Comedian John Oliver, HBO website censored in China after Xi jokes

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-example of censorship
-note reason for censorship: ridculing of political leaders -- eroding stature of public figures and consequently the trust and respect for them...
-note issue of humour

-note how Preseident Xi was compared to Winnie the Pooh, something which he doesn't find flattering:
Mr Oliver's segment dug into Mr Xi's distaste at comparisons to the self-described "bear of very little brain" and introduced viewers to repressive changes under way in the world's most populous country.

Do you think such a scenario will be allowed to happen in Singapore? Why or why not?

1.     How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion? (Cam. 2013)
2.     Can humour ever be serious? (Cam. 2012)