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[[MoralGuardians Moral]] [[YouCanPanicNow panic]] aside, it is unusual for media to be banned outright anywhere (except, you know, in totalitarian countries notorious for banning objectionable content, like many Middle Eastern countries, and, of course, China). Some governments are more likely than others to prohibit the sale of games and other media whose subject matter is deemed too harmful for the masses. In many nations, this amounts to a general ban or censorship of most retailers and broadcasters, though buying/possessing/selling imports from outside one's borders ''is'' perfectly legal (unless, of course, it's something ''really'' insidious, like child porn).

A general rule of thumb is that, if the fighting/political action takes place in that country, or against its government (even when it's clearly not the actual one or even a thinly veiled substitute), they're not going to like it.

The trope title is a modern twist on the older phrase "Banned in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}." Back in the days when Boston, Massachusetts was a bastion of Puritan and Catholic morality, a local "benevolent" group known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_and_Ward_Society Watch and Ward Society]] held immense sway over what plays and films could be presented and what books could be sold or carried by libraries. Boston has been replaced by China due to both the People's Republic's tendency to censor anything they find remotely "harmful for the Chinese youth" (i.e. anything that questions the authority of the government or might inspire new, possibly rebellious ways of thinking), and the fact that, in later decades, the stereotype of Boston and New England in general has flipped to one of staunch social liberalism (when people talk about "Massachusetts values" nowadays, they mean same-sex marriage and feminism).

Compare NewMediaAreEvil, NoSwastikas, MediaWatchdog, and MoralGuardians. Contrast with {{Bowdlerization}}, where a form of media is allowed in a country, but has to be edited for content.
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!Examples:

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* China has so many examples that it got a whole [[BannedInChina/{{China}} page to itself.]]
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!!Other countries:

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[[folder:Afghanistan]]
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* From 1996 to 2001, ''all of it''. The Taliban banned television sets.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Cinema was also banned during that time.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Similarly, all non-religious music was banned during the period of Taliban rule.
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[[folder:Argentina]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The 1985 French film ''Hail Mary'', which is a modern retelling of the Virgin Birth, was banned for mixing sexual content with religious content (which a lot of Catholics -- particularly Hispanic ones -- consider blasphemous).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The rape simulator ''[=RapeLay=]'' is the only video game banned in Argentina for condoning/glamorizing sexual violence.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The season 19 ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode ''"E. Pluribus Wiggum"''[[note]]The one where everyone writes in Ralph Wiggum as the 2008 candidate for U.S. President[[/note]] was banned in this (and other Latino countries) due to Lenny and Carl's conversation about Argentina's Juan Peron being the best leader because: ''"When he 'disappeared' you, you stayed 'disappeared'!"'' and equating Juan's wife, Evita, with singer Madonna (who did play her in a movie version of the musical ''{{Evita}}''), which [[DudeNotFunny a lot of Hispanic groups didn't find funny]].
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[[folder:Australia]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Office of Film and Literature Classification is essentially Australia's version of the MPAA, but unlike its American counterpart, it is a governmental organization, and films MUST by law be classified by it before they can be sold or exhibited in any form in the country (however, it is legal to possess most material refused classification by the OFLC). The OFLC has banned a handful of explicit movies, among them ''Film/BaiseMoi'', ''In a Glass Cage'', ''Film/KenPark'', ''La Blue Girl'', ''Nekromantik'', ''Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom'' (which was eventually passed as of 2010), ''Film/VaseDeNoces'', the uncut version of ''Film/{{Caligula}}'', and Creator/JohnWaters' ''Film/PinkFlamingos''.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' and ''Film/FacesOfDeath'' were banned on their initial release.
* They attempted to ban ''MysteriousSkin'' in a string of other bans for anything that had to do with homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transsexuality. It failed as Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups protested.

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* The first series of Creator/NineNetwork's ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'' was banned by judicial order within the state of Victoria and UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} and from the Internet due to an ongoing trial of one of the show's real-life subjects and concern of jury tampering, and even after their conviction the court forced the network to [[ExecutiveMeddling heavily edit the episodes]].

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/ColdChisel's "Khe Sanh" was originally banned from radio in every state except South Australia.

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* Originally there was no R18+ rating for video games, so anything deemed to go over the MA15+ rating would mean that the game would get no classification and be banned (or sometimes censored). As of 2013, the R18+ rating has been approved for video games, with the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' reboot and ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden 3: Razor's Edge'' as the very first video games to receive that rating.
* What started as a rumor turned out to be entirely true: it was originally failed to attain a 15+ rating and was thus refused to be given a rating, so ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' was banned in Australia before it even came out. It has since been rated and released with a 15+ rating. Apparently, it was the ''depiction of a static image of morphine as a type of buff-giving item'' that upset the OFLC. This edit was done to all versions worldwide, though technically Australia still got the uncensored version. [[http://www.kotaku.com.au/search?query=Fallout+3 Kotaku Australia to elaborate.]]
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry: Magna Cum Laude'' was unrated due to its strongly suggestive content. The Leisure Suit Larry games are about a CasanovaWannabe trying to get laid by college coeds.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' was added to the list of games refused classification for the amount of violence caused by melee weapons (zombies get dismembered or have their organs exposed after a single hit). It was eventually released with heavy cuts made.
** Violence in general wasn't the only reason. It was the context behind it, in which the people who attack the players are actually infected humans and not dead people rising from the grave to eat the brains and flesh of the living. Despite common belief Australia would have allowed this, it's just that Valve used the German cut which already had them censored out (though since patched in) despite Australia would have allowed more than what was censored (e.g. disappearing bodies)
* ''{{Manhunt}}'' and ''{{Postal}}'' are banned too, due to excessive violence and abhorrent themes and behavior.
* ''[[AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'' (2010) was originally banned but through an appeal it was rerated MA15+ uncut. Which ironically made it the most leniant rating given to the game of any country.
* As mentioned above, the ''Mortal Kombat'' reboot (nicknamed ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' by fans) was banned in Australia when there was no rating higher than MA15, [[http://au.gamespot.com/news/6303984.html?tag=latestheadlines%3Btitle%3B1 and customs were ordered to seize copies]]. But once the "Komplete Edition" was released, the R18 rating was introduced, and it was finally allowed for release in Australia, also making it the very first game to receive the R18 rating.
* ''Mark Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure'' was banned for supposedly glorifying graffiti.
* The use of prostitutes in the later ''Grand Theft Auto'' games was usually censored in some way. Though all games have had at least an uncut version of all the games released (i.e. III, Vice City, and IV were uncensored with a 15+ for their PC release with IV getting a patch for consoles)
* ''Singles: Flirt Up Your Life'' was banned for its high sexual content that would have been too much for the MA15+ rating.
* ''SilentHillHomecoming'' had to have some of the CruelAndUnusualDeath scenes toned down to pass OFLC classification. The same censored version was released in Germany.

'''Post-R18+'''\\
The following examples failed to make the cut even after the R18+ rating was introduced, proving that even R18+ has standards.

* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' was banned for containing "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" which refers to an alien weapon called the Anal Probe and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards", referring to ''alien'' narcotics which give the player superpowers. It turns out the censors basically said, "You can keep the rape in there, we're fine with that, but don't have drugs anywhere near our shores." The alien anal probe weapon is still in the game as DLC and the one mission centered on drugs was removed, allowing a MA rating.
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' had a similar reaction to an anal probing scene, though in this case it was mostly because the characters involved were minors. The scene was censored out of the Australian release and the game ''still'' got an R18+ rating.
* ''StateOfDecay'' was also banned for depicting drug use as health and stamina power ups, but it was later resubmitted and reclassified R18+ after the drugs were changed to "vitamins".
* It might be something about Deep Silver (see the Saints Row example above), but the trailer for ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' was shown on Australian TV during UFC Unleashed. Now MMA is in no way, shape, or form a soft sport, but when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdjRlmqqqHw&feature=youtu.be this]] aired, there was some controversy. While the frank depiction of suicide was an issue, the main thing that got it banned was the logo, which showed a man hanging from a noose in a tree. As a side note, the special collector's edition statue was condemned and banned for gross violence and misogyny (the statue is a headless, limbless woman's body in a bikini)

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* Australian Labor Party senator Stephen Conroy, since out of power, also took a cue from the Chinese and attempted to push through a law mandating that [=ISPs=] block certain blacklisted sites entirely. The Liberal Party had a similar plan when they were in government.
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[[folder:Austria]]
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* ''Film/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' was banned in both Austria and Nazi Germany from 1933 tot 1945 for its anti-war and perceived anti-German messages.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The French play ''TheMarriageOfFigaro'' was banned by Emperor Joseph due to its political subject matter and fears of a copycat unrest similar to that which would later claim the life of his sister. Contrary to popular belief, though, he approved Mozart's opera adaptation (which removed the offending material) from the start.
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[[folder:Azerbaijan]]
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* Any film that depicts Armenians in any positive light is banned. This even includes a film by [[http://panarmenian.net/eng/culture/news/63440/Baku_gets_to_absurdity_a_positive_film_about_Armenians_banned_in_Azerbaijan Azeri director Eldar Guliev entitled "Hostage"]], a film about the Nagorno-Karabakh war which depicts an Armenian hostage in a human light. This is because since losing the Nagorno-Karabakh war, the {{demonization}} of Armenians has become state policy.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Copies of Literature/TheBible [[http://bringonthegoodnews.blogspot.com/2010/05/azerbaijanis-bible-banned.html will apparently be confiscated by border patrol]] when entering Azerbaijan.

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[[folder: Television ]]

* Anything ''not'' in the Azeri language, including Russian and even Turkish programming, was banned from television in 2009.
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[[folder:Bangladesh]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Up until receiving a Bengali dub, ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' couldn't be shown on television unless it was dubbed in Bengali (the country was worried about the growing influence of the Hindi language in which the cartoon was dubbed).
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[[folder:Barbados]]
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* ''BlackSwan'' was temporarily banned due to the lesbian sex scene between Nina (Natalie Portman) and Lily (MilaKunis), which censors saw as "offensive sexual behavior." Public protest and a petition against the ban got it overturned and the film was eventually released with an R-rating.
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[[folder:Belarus]]
* SachaBaronCohen's ''The Dictator'' is banned. Obviously because the country's president has been power since 1991 and been accused of being a dictator himself.
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[[folder:Belgium]]
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In 1999 a judge ordered a ban on HermanBrusselmans' novel ''"Guggenheimer Wast Witter"'' in Belgium after fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester took offense on the author's semi-satirical descriptions of her looks and profession. Brusselmans has a reputation for poking fun at Flemish celebrities in his books in a very degrading manner that hardly has anything to do with the public image of these media stars. Yet, the novel was available in the Netherlands where it was mostly bought by Flemish people (The Flemish are the Dutch-speaking population of Belgium who live in the northern region known as Flanders).

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* A 2011 episode of the Flemish investigative journalism TV series ''"Basta"'' examining the fraudulent nature of quiz channels on TV proved so effective that a few days afterwards all quiz channel TV shows were immediately banned from broadcast in Flanders.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* From 2005 until 2014 Music/{{Madonna}}'s song ''"Frozen"'' was officially banned in Belgium from radio and TV play and omitted from all compilation albums, because a judge ruled that Madonna's song was plagiarized from a few bars of the song ''"Ma vie fout le camp"'', composed by Salvatore Acquaviva. In February 2014, a Belgian court spoke of a ''"new capital offense"'' in the file: composer Edouard Scotto Di Suoccio and societies Tabata Atoll Music and Music in Paris had also filed a complaint for plagiarism. According to them, both ''"Ma vie fout le camp"'' and ''"Frozen"'' originated in the song ''"Blood Night"'' which they composed in 1983. After all three tracks in the case were compared, the final ruling was that the songs were ''"not sufficiently 'original''' to claim" that any plagiarism had taken place. Thus the ban on ''"Frozen"'' was lifted.
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[[folder:Brazil]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_Citizen_Kane Beyond Citizen Kane]], a documentary about Globo, Brazil's biggest and most powerful TV network, was banned by the government in 1994. The ban was kind of useless, since many universities still screened it, and the popularization of the Internet allowed many people to watch it.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]
[[note]]It should be pointed out that many of these bans were judicial orders, which are nearly impossible to enforce, have limited jurisdiction, and were in some cases unconstitutional. As such, many of these bans were pretty much ignored.[[/note]]
* In 1997 and 1998, the original ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and the two ''{{Carmageddon}}'' games were banned because it glamorized car theft and vehicular homicide, respectively.
* In 1999, a shootout at a São Paulo movie theater closely resembled the first level of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''. That game was banned [[MurderSimulators for that reason.]] Five other games banned as well to prevent widespread violence (''VideoGame/{{Doom}}, MortalKombat, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem:_Avenging_Angel Requiem]], VideoGame/{{Blood}},'' and ''{{Postal}}''). (The movie being shown during the shooting, ''Film/FightClub'', was not banned.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'' was banned from Brazil since January of 2008 because of a popular map mod called “Rio.” The authorities stated that in the game "your objective is to kill the military police of Rio for points as Drug Dealers from the Favelas and keeping members of the UN hostage for execution". It's a bit blown out of proportion, since you can play either side, the drug dealers are supposed to be international terrorists, and the "military police" is a non-specific counter-terrorist initiative. This is also only one of many unofficial maps that were made by modders, and the game itself has no responsibility over it. Pretty much none of this is actually spelled out in the game. The ban has since been lifted.
** More specifically it was banned from continued retail sale, anyone who already possessed a copy before the ban could keep it. Many Lan-Houses kept their copies of the game with no repercussions.
* Banned at the same time as ''Counter-Strike'' was ''{{Everquest}}'' because "the player can make morally ambiguous decisions, and thus the game is harmful to the consumer's mental health.”
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' has been banned because of its depictions of school violence. Amazingly, this one is actually enforced by (of all things) ''{{Steam}}'', where the game (and any package that contains it) is unavailable for purchase.
* The video game of the 2003 ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' film was banned in Brazil because of copyright issues regarding the film.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TheSimpsons'' season 13 episode ''"Blame It on Lisa"'' was only shown three times in Brazil before it garnered complaints and the government decided to ban it due to lots of scenes that mercilessly made fun of the country (including rats being painted beautiful colors as they run through the slum streets, Homer being distracted by an old peddler while her children pickpocket him, and Bart watching a Brazilian kids' show that [[ParentService features a lot of sexual innuendo and scantily-clad actresses]]). It would take years for FOX to be allowed to -- if nothing else -- let the episode be released on the season 13 DVD box set. [[WordOfGod According to DVD commentary]], the writers were amazed that this episode caused that level of controversy (when really they wanted the episode ''"Weekend at Burnsie's"''[[note]]The one where Homer gets high on medicinal marijuana after crows peck his eyes[[/note]] to garner controversy in America. It met with ExecutiveMeddling due to the censors wanting some of the scenes of Homer actually smoking his medical marijuana cut down to just implied scenes, but no serious protests from {{MoralGuardian}}s came to pass).
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[[folder: Burma/Myanmar]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* Burma banned ''{{Rambo}}'' (the 2008 film). Rebel factions then started watching ''{{Rambo}}''. Funny how these things turn out. The ban was not surprising considering that the film portrays the Burmese government as an oppressive dictatorship, which, in real life, it is.
* For starring as Aung San Suu Kyi[[note]] a Burmese opposition politician, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma, and political prisoner due to her beliefs[[/note]] in a biographical movie, Malaysian-born actress MichelleYeoh was banned from entering Burma.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* {{U2}}'s album ''All That You Can't Leave Behind'' is banned in Burma/Myanmar because the song ''"Walk On"'' is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi. Anyone caught trying to export the album can be sentenced from 3 to 20 years in prison. [[http://u2station.com/news/2000/11/u2-album-banned-in-burma.php Here's the link explaining it.]]
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[[folder:Canada]]

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[[folder: General ]]

* There is a federal child pornography law that makes material depicting any sexual activity by any character under 18 as child pornography, even when it is simply drawn. Since the minimum lawful legal age for a person to have sex is 16[[note]]technically, 14, but both participants ages must be within 24 months of each other[[/note]], this law makes it illegal to depict a legal act between characters supposed be between 16 to 18. To be fair, there is an artistic purpose defence clause in the law as well for artists to use in court.
** The law itself specifies illegality if the person is or is depicted as being under 18.[[note]]s 163.1(a)(i) C.C.[[/note]]. Which means Pretty Lolita is a problem.
* In addition, Canada's national customs authority have this reputation for being homophobic bluenoses with notorious cases where it arbitrarily seized male gay erotica by twisting court rulings about material depicting "violence against women" into a complete legal pretzel.
* Bret Easton Ellis' ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' was banned when it was first released.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'': Banned on its initial release.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* TV Ontario refused to broadcast the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]" after Chinese-Canadian groups who were given precautionary test screenings were angered by its YellowPeril content.
* Disney's ''The Swamp Fox'', which aired circa 1968 on 'Walt Disney Presents' was banned because the government didn't like the portrayal of the Tory/Loyalist characters as complete villains. Ironically, Canada is the homeland of the series' star, Leslie Nielsen.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The album version of Music/DireStraits' song "Money For Nothing" was temporarily banned from commercial broadcast [[note]]Canada's private broadcasters self-regulate through the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. As the Creator/{{CBC}} is a public broadcaster, it does not participate.[[/note]] in Canada in 2011 due to its use of the homophobic slur "faggot". The ban was rescinded after being widely mocked, and after Mark Knopfler pointed out that the song was sung in character and was meant to be a mocking portrait of someone who would be ignorant and prejudiced enough to use that kind of language.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The [[{{Gorn}} gratuitously gory]] ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune'' was classified as an "adult movie" in Canada, as was ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' and its sequel.
* The {{Postal}} franchise was banned outright.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The 1939 Looney Tunes cartoon ''"Thugs With Dirty Mugs"'' was banned back then in Winnipeg, Manitoba, because of a joke near the end of the cartoon where a criminal declares himself to be ''"a naughty little boy"''. The censors felt this ending was ''"not sincere and just an excuse to show criminal activity."''
* The Comedy Network series ''KevinSpencer'' had its eighth episode banned due to violence and disgusting humor.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode ''"The Rowdyruff Boys"'' did not air in the original Creator/{{YTV}} broadcast of the series, but it was shown as part of reruns later.
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[[folder:Denmark]]
* Back in 1930 the Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'' was banned for being too ''"macabre"''.
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[[folder:Finland]]
* There is an urban legend about [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/finland.asp Donald Duck being banned in Finland]], because he [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal does not wear pants]]. As pointed out by the {{Snopes}} page, this was a complete misunderstanding of a 1977 incident where Markku Huolopainen, a Helsinki councilman from the Liberal Party, proposed discontinuing the purchase of Donald Duck comics for youth centres to cope with the city's financial difficulties. So, naturally, when he ran for Parliament next year, his opponent charged Huolopainen with trying to "ban" Donald Duck, and proceeded to defeat him. A similar financial difficulties-misunderstanding incident took place later in the city of Kemi. The legend is probably based on the few angry letters that the Finnish Donald Duck magazine received decades ago on the subject, and responded by publishing a picture of a ridiculous-looking duck with pants, which largely killed the issue. Many Finns find this legend amusing, in that the nudity taboo is far weaker in Finland than it ever has been in America, and there have been several comics in the country's national newspaper which have on occasion showed naked characters with visible but non-pronounced genitals, leading to no repercussions.
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' and ''Film/FacesOfDeath'' were banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.
* The Creator/{{Troma}} film ''Cry Uncle!'' was banned in Finland for a year following its release due to a scene in which the antihero has sex with a corpse.
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[[folder:France]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The manga and anime ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' was banned in France because it contains a heroic [[NoSwastikas swastika-bearing character]]. The anime saw a limited release, but [[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscleman only 49 out of the 137 original episodes were shown on television]].
* The manga ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_(manga) Angel]]'' by U-jin, published in France starting in 1995, suffered a process of “interdiction” which prevented bookshops from displaying it on shelves.

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[[folder: Fashion ]]

* Wearing a burqa or niqab (two different forms of face-concealing veil for women in certain forms of UsefulNotes/IslamicDress) in public is banned in France. This has caused a great deal of controversy, as a small but significant minority of Muslims regards these items as being religiously-mandated. As a result, various EU institutions and many commentators--particularly American ones--have criticized the ban as an infringement on religious freedom.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' (1957) by Creator/StanleyKubrick was banned in France until the death of President CharlesDeGaulle in 1970 due to its critical depiction of the French Army during World War I.
* ''Film/BaiseMoi'' was the first film in three decades to be banned in France. It was eventually reclassified as X (generally a rating for porn), then 18 (which has this film to thank for its reintroduction as an official classification).
* ''TheBattleOfAlgiers'' was banned in France until 1971.
* Due to copyright laws[[note]]The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_rights_(copyright_law) moral rights]] of the heirs of an author constitute effectively a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_copyright perpetual copyright]][[/note]], Creator/OscarHammerstein's ''Film/CarmenJones'' wasn't released in France until 1981.
* The film ''Film/NightAndFog'', about [[POWCamp Nazi concentration camps]], was banned from competition in the 1957 Cannes Film Festival on the demand of the West German ambassador, who feared the public might believe AllGermansAreNazis.

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[[folder: Food and drink ]]

* Red Bull has been banned in France (despite pressures from [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion the European Commission]]) from 1996 to 2008.

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[[folder: General ]]

* Per the Gayssot Act of 1994, any medium advancing negationist position about [[FinalSolution the Holocaust]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A 2001 documentary about mothers was banned until the end of the trial, ten years after, when it emerged one of the mothers was a suspect in the death of her infant.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Orelsan was deprogrammed after one of his earlier song, ''Sale pute'' (litt. "Dirty Whore"), about him torturing his cheating girlfriend, emerged.
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[[folder:Germany]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* In UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, the Creator/LaurelAndHardy film ''"The Bohemian Girl"'' (1934) was banned as UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} were on the Nazis' list of undesirable peoples who were exterminated under Hitler's rule.
* ''Film/DasTestamentDesDoktorMabuse'' was banned because Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels felt it would undercut the audience's confidence in its political leaders. He called the film a menace to public health and safety and stated that he would not accept the film as it 'showed that an extremely dedicated group of people are perfectly capable of overthrowing any state with violence'.
* The Nazis also banned Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' (1940). However, curiosity got the best of Hitler and had a private copy brought in from elsewhere which he viewed twice. His opinion on the film has been a matter of debate.
* Sometimes the Nazis would ban their own movies if they weren't happy about how they turned out:
** Minister of Propaganda (and czar of the Nazi Germany film industry) Joseph Goebbels commissioned a film about the sinking of the ''[[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic Titanic]]'', to be used as anti-British propaganda. But when the Nazi ''[[Film/{{Titanic1943}} Titanic]]'' was completed, Goebbels decided a movie that featured terrified crowds running around in panic was no longer a good idea in a Germany that was getting pounded by Allied bombing. He banned it, and the film wasn't screened in Germany until 1949.
** A very successful anti-British German film ''Uncle Krueger'', made in 1940 and detailing a very slanted account of the Boer War, was later banned from the cinemas in 1944 when Germany entered a state of Total War and a movie showing civilians getting blown up, rounded up and sent to death camps became a less than desirable spectacle for the Nazis.
** A 1939 musical about Tchaikovsky, ironically titled ''It Was a Gay Ballnight'', was banned in Germany after they declared war on Soviet Union due to its positive portrayal of Russia and Russian culture.
** The notorious 1940 costume drama ''Jew Suss'', personally produced by Goebbels as a way to condone the Holocaust among German citizens by inflaming their hatred towards the Jews, was immediately banned after the war in 1945 and its makers were put on trial for crimes against humanity at Nuremberg. To this day, it is illegal to screen the film commercially in Germany and many other countries.
* Volkswagen is sufficiently sensitive about the fact that the company was founded in part by Hitler that they still object to Volkswagens being depicted as weapons of war, hence the [[TransformersFilmSeries live-action film]] incarnation of [[{{Transformers}} Bumblebee]] being a Camaro, rather than a Beetle like his [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne first-generation]] counterpart. General Motors wrote [[ProductPlacement a big check]] to complete the change to a Camaro. The problem also arose when Hasbro wanted to make a new version of Bumblebee for the Alternators toy line, which consisted of robots that transformed into accurate (and licensed) 1:24 scale replicas of current cars.
* Posters for ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' were edited to remove swastikas as per their NoSwastikas (or anything pertaining to the Nazi party) rule.
* The only version of ''Film/TheEvilDead'' that isn't banned in Germany had 15 minutes cut.
* All in all, about 130 movies are banned in their uncut form in Germany. This includes the usual suspects like ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'', the ''Faces of Death'' series and many of Creator/LucioFulci's films, but also ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' and ''Film/{{Phantasm}}''.
** There are essentially two tiers of banning films in Germany: banning them from being sold altogether, and allowing their sale but banning them from being advertised, displayed in shops, reviewed, or otherwise given publicity. Films in the latter category can't be sold to minors, which means that, with all the other constraints, they're only sold online.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' was banned during Hitler's regime for portraying war as a pointless waste of human life and for its perceived anti-German messages. It was banned in Austria too for the same reasons.
* Hitler also ordered the children's novel ''Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand'' to be banned and even burned because the story of a bull who doesn't want to partake in bullfighting was considered to be pacifist/communist brainwashing. Mussolini banned it too in Italy. Naturally it was also banned by general/dictator Franco in Spain.
* A full list of all the books and plays banned in Nazi Germany would be rather unwieldy, but Jewish playwright Heinrich Heine's ''Almansor'' deserves special mention as the source of the quote "[[HarsherInHindsight Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people]]." This quote is now engraved in the ground at the ''Opernplatz'', which is now called the ''Bebelplatz'' for being the site of a major Nazi BookBurning.
* Averted with ''Literature/MeinKampf'', despite many thinking it is banned - it isn't. It still cannot be sold in Germany, but that is due to the fact that the state of Bavaria holds the copyright and does not publish it.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "Patterns Of Force" was banned in Germany [[note]]the only ''Franchise/StarTrek'' episode from the original 1966 series to hold this honor; "Amok Time," on the other hand, wasn't banned, but [[{{Bowdlerization}} was edited for content]][[/note]] because the plot deals with a planet heavily influenced by the Nazi Party.

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[[folder: Map ]]

* Due to the unresolved state of the Germany's eastern border and the Oder-Neise line, until 1970 any map which didn't featured Germany into the frontiers it held on 1937 was banned from being imported in [[TheBonnRepublic West Germany]].
** The reverse was true in EastGermany.

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* Due to a [[http://techland.time.com/2012/05/02/xbox-360-windows-7-banned-in-germany-motorola-wins-patent-injunction/ patent dispute between Motorola and Microsoft]], Germany banned the sale of Microsoft products, including the Xbox 360 and Windows 7.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The IndustrialMetal group Hanzel und Gretyl's album ''Uber Alles'' is banned in Germany, as it plays up the MusicToInvadePolandTo trope to its fullest as a parody.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Germany classifies all games (including video games) as children's toys. Among other things, it [[NoSwastikas bans the depiction of swastikas]] and other Nazi-related stuff in non-educational media (under a law prohibiting the use of symbols of anti-constitutional groups unless it's for historical/educational reasons).
** In ''HeartsOfIron 2'', Nazi Germany uses the Imperial Tricolour (think the Red Baron's plane), which the Nazis actually banned, instead of a swastika flag. It was easier to change it accordingly to the issues of the German than Chinese law, because Paradox would have had to completely re-balance the game for a release in China.
** ''VideoGame/BionicCommando Rearmed'' is an interesting aversion/subversion. The game is not banned in Germany because it has no Nazi imagery. However, the main villain is obviously supposed to be Adolf Hitler, even though he's [[NoSwastikas never referred to as such by name]]. In the English version, he's known simply as "The Leader". The German translation refers to him as "Der Führer", which makes it even more obvious.
** ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', filled with Hitler posters and Nazi symbols, was banned. For ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'', id Software made some changes in the German version to get released.
*** As a result, the two SecretLevel homages to ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' were removed entirely in the German release of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'', with the secret exit in ''Map 15: Industrial Zone'' simply leading to ''Map 16: Suburbs'' as if the normal exit was taken. If the player attempts to access the levels with the level select cheat code, the game will crash.
** ''Hidden And Dangerous'' was censored of all blood and Nazi symbols - but the original textures are still in the installation directory. A little tweaking with [=WinRAR=] can undo the censoring.
** The entire Nimdok section of ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' was removed in the German release due to it being set in a concentration camp, thus making the game ''{{unwinnable}}'', as the final part of the game requires all four characters.
* And then there's the mass censoring of violence. A side effect of this tendency is that Austrian online shops are far more successful than German video game dealers:
** ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'', the German version, was virtually unplayable: Every class model was replaced by the generic death match "Robot" model, so you couldn't tell enemy classes apart. The German version of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' uses the weird organs from [[SillinessSwitch Party Mode]] permanently.
** Let's not forget ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}''. All blood was removed, HECU soldiers were replaced with the same robots as mentioned above, and scientists, rather than dying, sat down and shook their heads.
** A well-known example is ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'', in which human opponents were replaced by robots that "bled" green liquid.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' was so badly chopped up on its German release that German gamers took to importing copies from other countries just to get around it. Ironically, at least one scene ended up with [[DubText even more disturbing]] implications as a result of having its end replaced with a fadeout.
** The German versions of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Tiberian Dawn'' and ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' had to tool tip refer to infantry units as "Cyborgs". When they died, the sound would resemble that of power going down, and there was no blood. The censorship of the German version becomes apparent in the first minutes of the game if you've played the English-language version. Some shots from the cut scenes were also cut, leaving bits with gruesome deaths (such as Stavros killing Stalin) somewhat disjointed. However, under EA things have changed for the better. ''Tiberium Wars'' had two versions for the European market, one with censorship and one uncut, 16+ version.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' was hit even harder. It was originally released uncensored (which would later turn into the favour of uncensor mods) but that version was later censored. ''Zero Hour'' only came out censored. The changes in ''Generals'' are removing all references to the actual countries the game names, turning all infantry into "cyborgs" including photoshoping every single picture for the same purpose, making the audio sound overly robotic and overriding various voice overs with neutral ones (copy paste), removing a mission of the GLA campaign, removing all video of the campaigns and turning the Terrorist unit into a toy car with a bomb strapped to it (would ALSO later turn into the favour of modders). ''Zero Hour'' kept its videos but only censored and all other changes still applied.
** In ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV'', the scene where [[TheDragon Seether]] slits Captain Paulson's throat has two versions, [[HighPressureBlood with]] and [[BloodlessCarnage without]] gushing blood. The latter is the one found on the German release of the game.
** The German version of ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' is censored, similar to the above-mentioned Australian version. However, the German version also features four extra weapons ported from ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}: Source'', which don't normally spawn in other versions of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Madworld}}'' is banned in Germany due to extreme violence, despite being showcased at the Games Convention before its launch.
* ''{{Carmageddon}}'' also had to be censored in Germany. However, the German version used robots as targets instead of humans or zombies. The uncensored version was never released. This could, however, be fixed of sorts by swapping the names of two files in the install folder, thereby restoring some of the original content.
* Germany flat-out refused to rate ''DeadRising.'' Microsoft won't release games unless they are properly rated by a country's review board, so no ''DeadRising'' .
* The first ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' is the only game of the VideoGame/{{Unreal}} series to be forbidden in Germany, to the point that the local editions of the {{Compilation Rerelease}}s (such as ''Unreal Anthology'') don't feature it.
* An incredibly surprising aversion to this is ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', which was allowed to be released uncut. '''UN-CUT'''. (For those who are unfamiliar with this game, it is filled to the brim with disturbing, gory, and horrific imagery)
** And even more surprising ''Gears of War 3'' and ''Space Marine'' will be uncut. Made even more surprising by the fact that the first two GOW games weren't rated due to violence and thus not released in Germany.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Shinobi}} Shadow Dancer]]'' is banned in Germany, which led to the game being dropped from ''Sega Mega Drive Collection'' in the PAL region and ''Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection'' in all regions and one trophy in ''Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing'' being named "Shadow Dancing" instead.
* When the WiiU first launched in November 2012, the European Nintendo eShop restricted viewing pages for content rated 18 by PEGI to between 11 P.M and 3 A.M CET. This also meant that purchasing any 18-rated game (''VideoGame/ZombiU'',''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' etc.) digitally was restricted to this time. As Nintendo's European division is based in Germany, the decision was shaped by the country's laws preventing sales of such games to minors. The problem was that this policy was in effect for all of Europe, even if many countries didn't have the same strict laws as Germany. Thankfully this was lifted just a few months after launch and 18-rated games can now be viewed and purchased anytime off the eShop.
* HouseOfTheDead is banned, leading to it being renamed Curien Mansion in the SegaSuperstars games, even in the US.
* ''Harvester'' was banned due to its gory and grotesque nature, but it crossed its line with [[ImAHumanitarian three children eating their own mother]] [[spoiler: in the lodge]] and was the biggest reason for the ban.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Germany is now a proud member of the countries whose parliament passed a law for censoring websites. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugangserschwerungsgesetz The Law only survived for a couple of years before being repealed.]] In this case, though, they're censoring websites that deal in child pornography.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short "The Barnyard Battle" (1929) was banned back then for depicting soldiers using pickelhauben, the helmets used by German soldiers in World War I.
* Because of Japan's earthquake and nuclear disaster in 2011, a lot of the older episodes that feature Homer working at the nuclear plant (mainly "Homer Defined"[[note]]the season 3 episode where Homer inadvertently saves the town from a nuclear disaster, but feels bad because he just lucked out[[/note]] and season five's "Homer Goes to College") have been banned from airing.
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[[folder:Greece]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* Costa-Gavras' film ''Film/{{Z}}'', being a political thriller based on the assassination of an outspokenly pacifist, left-wing politician, was predictably banned under the military dictatorship of 1967-1974.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Between 1967 and 1974 the Greek military dictatorship banned the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Anton Chekhov, Literature/MarkTwain, Eugène Ionesco, Leo Tolstoy, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and even classic playwrights like Sophocles and Aeschylus. Writing about Socrates' homosexuality was also forbidden for a while.
* Aristophanes' play "Lysistrata" holds the dubious distinction of being banned twice, in 1942 by the Nazi occupators and again from 1967 to 1974 by the Greek military dicatorship. The reason for this is evident: the story is about a woman ending the Peloponesian War by organizing a protest movement.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The Greek military dictatorship between 1967 and 1974 banned the music of Music/TheBeatles, because it was rock music and because they were men wearing long hair. The music of composer Mikis Theodorakis (best known for Film/ZorbaTheGreek) was also banned due to his opposition to the regime. Theodorakis was also arrested and sent to prison for a few months.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The infamous Greek Electronic Gaming Ban prohibited gaming in public in an attempt to fight gambling. This made life difficult for companies to give their videogames a Greek fanbase. Luckily, the ban has since been lifted and fanbases are slowly making a comeback.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* The fascist dicatorship than kept Greece in a stronghold between 1967 and 1974 banned everything that they redeemed as left wing or a sign of modern decadence, including labor unions, the peace symbol, rock music, the new math system, mini skirts and long hair on men. Also banned was the letter Z, which was used as a symbolic reminder that murdered resistance leader Grigoris Lambrakis and by extension the spirit of resistance lives (zi = “he (Lambrakis) lives”).
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[[folder:Hungary]]
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''TheRedLion'' by Maria Szepes was banned for forty years after being considered "nonconformist" by the Hungarian communist regime at the time.
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[[folder:Iceland]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'': Banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/TheEvilDead'': Banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.
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[[folder:India]]
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[[folder: Computers ]]

* India threatened to ban the MicrosoftWindows operating system because their time zone [[http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/08/22/54679.aspx showed]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the India/Pakistan border according to the U.N. maps instead of their own maps]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Contrary to popular belief, the lesbian romance ''Fire'' was never banned; instead, it was withdrawn from theaters for a short period for re-examination by the censor board. The main backlash came from fundamentalist religious groups who claimed it to be "culturally offensive". Some even went so far as to attack the theaters that were screening the movie; showings were canceled because of this. However, the next time there was an attack, the audience who'd come to see the film, along with the theater ushers, beat up the attackers and chased them off. Business then continued as usual. After the subsequent withdrawal and re-examination by the the censor board, it was re-released with no additional cuts with a normal "Adult" (R) rating and went on to become a decent financial success with no further incidents.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' was banned due to scenes of people eating "chilled monkey brains", as monkeys are considered sacred in India.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* As of May 2012, courts ordered various [=ISPs=] to block Vimeo [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil along with numerous file sharing websites]].
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[[folder:Indonesia]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Australian film "Balibo", which depicts the killing of Australian journalists by Indonesian soldiers during the 1975 invasion of East Timor, is banned in Indonesia. The Indonesian government's version of the story stated that they died in crossfire. A local journalists’ association conducted a screening, attended by about 500 people.
* The government considered banning the disaster film ''[[TwentyTwelve 2012]]'' after influential Islamic organizations complained that the film would affect superstitious people who actually believed that that year would bring about the end of days (it didn't, but a lot of people believed that back then).
* The Indonesian-Japanese film ''Merdeka 17805'' was banned for depicting the Japanese as being superior and for its apparently disrespectful usage of Indonesia Raya.
* DarrenAronofsky's ''Film/{{Noah}}'' is banned as it contradicts the Islamic teachings where Noah is considered one of the important prophets of Allah.
* Peter Weir's 1982 Austrialian film Film/TheYearOfLivingDangerously, which was set in Jakarta and dramatized the fall of President Sukarno, the rise of President Suharto, and the Communist Coup which set it all in motion in 1965, was not shown in Indonesia until 1999, after Suharto had been forced to resign.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' was banned because the intro includes a sex scene, and one early cutscene has a glimpse of Dante's penis. This ban only applies to the PC version; the console versions were released, but with the aforementioned content cut or censored.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' was banned because of derogatory dialogue toward Indonesia.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* An [=ISP=] specializing in providing Internet service for Smart Phones banned Website/FourChan, complete with a "Sorry, but you are forbidden to access 4chan.org" page with a smiley face on a light blue background.
* Fanfiction.net is banned in some [=ISPs=] on grounds that it was "abusive".
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[[folder:Iran]]
Any form of media in Iran needs the permission of the Ministry of Islamic Culture for distribution, which sets an arbitrary array of rules subject to change at any time by the government. These rules include any form of pornography or sexual imagery (particularly centered on the display of the female form, which in the Islam religion, is taboo), political material not in agreement with the government's goals, and any form of communication criticizing Islam. These restrictions are often circumvented by physical and internet piracy, use of satellite dishes and illegal used book markets.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The film ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]'', where the Persians are portrayed as slavering, inhuman monsters, if by an UnreliableNarrator, was banned in Iran.
* The LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''Not Without My Daughter'', where the Persian men are portrayed as slavering, inhuman monsters [[note]]which actually is no different from a normal LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek, in which ''all'' men are portrayed as slavering, inhuman monsters[[/note]], was also banned in Iran.
* ''TheWrestler'' was considered Western propaganda just like the above two, likely because of The Ram's in-ring nemesis being named The Ayatollah.
* ''Film/{{Argo}}'', a film about the rescue of six hostages during the Iranian Hostage Crisis is not suprisingly banned, but bootleg copies are selling very well.
** Parodied on the season 38 finale of ''SaturdayNightLive'', in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (played by Fred Armisen) creates his own version of ''Argo'' called ''Bengo F**k Yourself'' (a TakeThat to Creator/BenAffleck).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' has been banned in Iran due to the game portraying Iran as one of the primary antagonists.
** Ditto for ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}}'' 3.

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* Pretty much anything created by members of the Baha'i Faith is banned in Iran. One newspaper was closed down in 2009 because it had an advertisement featuring a photo of a Baha'i temple.[[note]]It was almost certainly a "Visit India" or "Visit Delhi" ad; unfortunately for the newspaper, one of the most prominent symbols of modern Delhi is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Temple a great big Baha'i temple]].[[/note]]
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[[folder:Ireland]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' was banned on its initial release.
* For a while it was virtually impossible to even ''film'' a horror movie in Ireland.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' was banned in Ireland from 1979 until 1987, while Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife was banned from 1983 until 1990.
* ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' was also banned due to excessive violence.
* Prior to 1960 or so, many films were recut to remove reference to adultery, divorce, homosexuality, contraception, or sex.
* ''Film/TheEvilDead'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The 1926 Committee on Evil Literature forbade the likes of ''News of the World'', ''The People'', ''Sunday Chronicle'', ''Daily Mail'', ''Vogue'', ''Woman's Weekly'', ''Woman's World'', and ''Illustrated Police News'' -- the tabloids mostly for lurid descriptions of violence and sex; the women's magazines mostly for discussing women's issues that are in conflict with what Irish women were brought up to believe (including an ad for depilatory cream).

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Starting in the 1970s, the Irish government instituted a broadcasting ban on the IRA. In 1988, they added a similar ban which applied to all terrorist organizations in the UK. Both were lifted in 1994, but during this period, any material mentioning UsefulNotes/TheTroubles was not broadcast. For example, the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The High Ground" had Data mention that Ireland was reunited in 2024 after a successful "terrorist" campaign. This comment would have seemed so controversial to both sides in UsefulNotes/TheTroubles that it wasn't until 2006 that the full version was broadcast.
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[[folder:Israel]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' was temporarily banned because Gert Fröbe, the man who played the eponymous character, had been a member of the Nazi party from 1929 to 1937. The ban was lifted after it was discovered that he had actually helped two Jews hide from the Gestapo during the war.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* There is an informal ban on performing Creator/RichardWagner's music in Israel, owing to [[MusicToInvadePolandTo the assumed connections between the music of Wagner and the philosophy of the Nazis]] (and the fact that Wagner himself was a rabid anti-Semite). A performance of a piece from ''Tristan und Isolde'' in 2001 was met with widespread condemnation from the media.
* Reportedly, there were attempts to bring Music/TheBeatles to perform in Israel in 1965, but certain politicians prevented this due to the "bad effect they might have on the youth".
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[[folder:Italy]]
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Under the Mussolini regime the children's novel ''Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand'' was banned because the story of a bull who doesn't want to partake in bullfighting was considered to be pacifist/communist brainwashing. Hitler banned it too in Germany, even ordering it to be burned. Naturally it was also banned by general/dictator Franco in Spain.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Amanda Knox's family managed to get ''AmandaKnoxMurderOnTrialInItaly'' banned in Italy on the belief that it had the potential to taint Knox's appeals. It certainly might have helped Knox get back home to Seattle several months after the trial. The movie managed to be aired in Italy in December 2012.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Lion of the Desert'', a Libyan (or, better: Gaddafi)-funded film about the Italian colonial rule, has been banned in Italy since 1987.
* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was banned from 1972 until 1986.
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/TheDevils'' didn't have a chance in Italy with its blasphemous content and was banned.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Back in 1989, {{Madonna}}'s music video for the song "Like A Prayer" was banned for symbolism that would be considered blasphemous to the Catholic church (Jesus coming to life as a handsome black man and crosses being set on fire. America also had complaints about the "Like a Prayer" video for the same reasons -- especially the burning crosses, which, in America, is associated with the Ku Klux Klan -- and ended up banning it after playing it on MTV).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Focus groups already found ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' controversial, so it was no surprise when the episodes "Cartman Joins NAMBLA", "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?", and "Probably" wound up banned. "Cartman Joins NAMBLA" was pulled for references to homosexual pedophilia and infanticide while the "Do The Handicapped Go to Hell?"-"Probably" two-parter was pulled for mocking and asking too many questions about the Catholic faith.
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[[folder:Japan]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The infamous ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" was not just forbidden by Nintendo to be exported to other countries, but also banned in Japan after hundreds of viewers (most of which were children) suffered fits from the seizure-inducing strobe effects. Because of this, the series was put on hiatus for four months, and a policy was made for Japanese television that demands flashing effects be toned down.
* The manga ''Barefoot Gen'' has never been banned in Japan at the national level (and never banned from private sales), but it has been banned from libraries at the local level on multiple occasions.
** In 2012, a right wing group complained to the Matsue city assembly to ban the manga from school libraries because it contained "unsupported" depictions of Japanese atrocities. The city assembly refused to act, but the local school board subsequently moved all copies in local elementary and middle schools to closed shelves, effectively stopping students from reading the work at school. When this action became widely known nationally in 2013, there was a large public outcry. In the ensuing controversy, Japan's education minister commented that he found the ban to be appropriate, though he took no actions himself. In the end, the school board reconvened and unanimously decided to lift the ban, though it it left it to individual schools to decide how they wanted to treat the books.
** In 2011, the legal guardian of a child complained to the central library of the city of Tottori that it was inappropriate to have a manga "with rape and other sexual depictions in a place where children can reach it." The library removed the work from its shelves and decided to provide it only to those who specifically asked for it. After the scandal in Matsue mentioned above, the library moved the manga back to the shelves.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Video games in Japan are regulated by an industry body called the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO), similar to the ESRB in the US. They have been known to refuse classification or require extensive editing for some games that might not be similarly restricted in other countries. A refusal of classification makes it de facto impossible to sell official Japanese versions of the game. However, unless it would be legally considered obscene (which only explicit depictions of sexualized nudity would be), the game, including all of the games listed below, can still be relatively easily imported via online retailers, provided the person importing the game knows a lick of English.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World At War'' has not been released officially in Japan. The web site GamesRadar.com, in a list of "Top 10 banned videogames," claims that it was banned in Japan for "gory violence against Japanese soldiers," but articles on the game written in Japanese seem to indicate that it simply was never submitted for classification, possibly because it might be refused classification, or possibly just for business reasons. Other games in the same series have been officially released in Japan with the highest possible rating (18+ only), due to their gore.
** While it escaped a total ban, the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' cut out the option to detonate the atomic bomb in the center of Megaton during the quest [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/The_Power_of_the_Atom#Behind_the_Scenes "The Power of the Atom"]], and renamed the Fat Man (a rocket launcher that fires mini-nukes, named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Man real nuke]] detonated over Nagasaki, Japan during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) to the Nuka-Launcher.
** ''Dead Space'' was refused classification in Japan for its extreme violence, particularly the use of children as victims of violent crime.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Lady Chatterley's Lover'' was determined by the Supreme Court to be legally "obscene" in 1957, the case having originated in 1951. The Japanese translator and the publisher were both subjected to fines, and unexpurgated versions of the text could not be legally sold under Paragraph 175 of the Japanese Penal Code,[[note]]Not to be confused with the infamous Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code, which banned homosexuality in that country. The coincidence of the number of two different paragraphs both dealing with crimes of a sexual nature is, in fact, due to the Japanese code having been based, in part, on the German code, but homosexuality has never been illegal under either of Japan's constitutions (though it was very briefly banned for a few years immediately after the opening of Japan to the West, before the passage of the Meiji Constitution).[[/note]] which bans the sale, publication, and exhibition (but not the possession) of obscene works. The Chatterley trial, indeed, originated the criteria Japanese courts use to judge whether or not a work is obscene. Versions of the novel sold in Japan from the 1950s through the 1990s had the offending parts replaced with asterisks. From the 1990s uncensored versions of the novel began to be sold. Interestingly, on paper the relevant legislation has not changed, and there has not been a legal case that has officially overturned the 1957 ruling. Rather, prosecutors and the government have taken no action against publishers, resulting in a de facto but somewhat confusing change in Japan's obscenity laws.
* ''The Bells of Nagasaki'', a non-fiction account of the atomic bombing of that city by a survivor, was initially refused publication under the censorship regime during the American occupation. It was eventually allowed to be published with an accurate but off-topic appendix about atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese tacked onto the end, presumably for "balance." Versions published after the end of the occupation, as well as English translations, generally omit the appendix.
* In 1999, Japan's customs authority banned the importation of a book of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, despite it having previously been published in the country without incident. In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned the ban.
* Historian Saburo Ienaga holds the distinction of being the complainant in the longest civil trial in any country on record, after he sued the Japanese education ministry over its refusal to approve to his history book, which did not shy away from depicting war-time atrocities by the Japanese, from 1965-1997. Ienaga and his lawyers argued that the refusal to approve the book constituted censorship, though there was never any ban on the sale of the book, just on its use as an official textbook in schools. In the end, the Supreme Court ruled that no censorship had taken place (for the above-mentioned reason) but that the ministry had nonetheless abused its discretion in not approving the book.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons episode Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E23ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo has been banned from public broadcast and is unavailable on DVD releases in Japan. Mostly because in the episode Homer tosses Emperor Akihito in a bin of wasabi and the joke where the HelloKitty factory is depicted as if they actually use live cats in their products.
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[[folder:Lebanon]]
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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/LadyGaga's album ''Born This Way'' is banned in Lebanon because, officials say, it is "offensive to Christianity" (mostly due to "Judas").
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[[folder:Malaysia]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The 2009 Indonesian film ''Macabre'' is banned in Malaysia for excessive violence.
* Any family film featuring pigs will raise an outcry and debates between Muslims (whose religion sees pigs as filthy scavengers, whether or not they're used as food) and Non-Muslims in Malaysia. In the past, this has caused temporary or partial bans (i.e. a film may be delayed for months, or will be forced to bypass theater release and go straight to VHS and later, DVD). Both movies in the ''Babe'' franchise got months-long bans while a debate was fought out (the first movie was delayed 9 months, the second got a shorter four months). ''Charlotte's Web'' nearly got the axe as well, but it was released on time.
* Most Christian movies featuring prophets in them were banned in the 1990s in order to placate the Muslim population (Muslims don't allow prophets to be visually depicted. It's about as blasphemous as having Mohammed himself visually depicted, which is why ''South Park'''s "Cartoon Wars" and "200/201" caused such an uproar in the mid-to-late 2000s). However, the ban was lifted since the release of ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', though screening of these movies are limited to non-Muslims only (with ID checks performed at both the ticket counter and at the entry point of the hall).
** DarrenAronofsky's ''Film/{{Noah}}'' got banned considering that Noah is a prophet in Islamic teachings. Which is puzzling since as mentioned below, "Evan Almighty" was allowed through.
* The movie ''{{Zoolander}}'' was banned because one of the main plot points is the assassination of the country's fictional prime minister (which is ultimately what they were trying to ''prevent'') and its depiction of Malaysia in overall (impoverished, and whose economy is fueled by sweatshops). Also banned in Singapore, but was lifted 5 years later.
* Creator/StevenSpielberg famously refused to let Malaysia screen the edited version of his movie ''Film/SchindlersList'' since its Zionist theme is the main plot point. The movie was only released on DVD more than a decade later. ''Munich'' suffered the same fate.
* ''Film/{{Borat}}'', ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' and the last few ''{{Saw}}'' movies never saw the light of day in the country due to crude humor (''Borat''), strong homosexual themes (''Brokeback Mountain''), and gory violence (the ''Saw'' movies).
* ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' was nearly banned due to the movie's plot about a guy (JimCarrey) given God-like powers by an AlmightyJanitor (MorganFreeman). While most Muslim sectors considered this movie offensive, non-Muslims stated that the movie is not offensive to any religion whatsoever. The movie was finally screened unedited. ''Evan Almighty'', the spin-off featuring Steve Carrell's character from ''BruceAlmighty'' meeting the God-like janitor and becoming a modern-day Noah, suffered the same problem, although it too was eventually screened.
* ''SinCity'', due to brutal violence and explicit sexual content.
* ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' was initially banned due to violence, but has been released on home video.
* The second ''Film/AustinPowers'' movie due to crude humor, though it was eventually allowed on satellite TV and later home video.
* The ''Film/AmericanPie'' trilogy (sexual content) - also finally to be released direct to DVD. The [[TrilogyCreep fourth movie of the trilogy]], ''American Reunion'', was initially banned from screening on pay TV (Notoriously, the Malaysian feed of the HBO premiere of the movie was forcibly removed and a different movie was screened in it's place.) but again it was eventually allowed a direct-to-DVD release.
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' (also due to sexual content) - again, also finally cleared to be released on [=DVDs=].
* The Singaporean film ''Homerun'' was banned for political reasons (the film is a satire on Singaporean-Malaysian relations set in the year the two countries split up).
* The 2012 Indian comedy ''OMG, Oh My God!'' was banned for "sensitive religious content." The movie is about a shopkeep who sues God Himself (depicted as a human) after his store is destroyed in a tornado. Ironically, the episode ''Angels and Blimps'' from AllyMcBeal, which has a child who wants to sue god, was allowed through albeit with only minor cuts...
* ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' was banned due to its excessive profanity and violence.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.

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[[folder: Foodstuff ]]

* Currently there is an e-mail circulating around Malaysian mailboxes claiming that hot cross buns have been banned due to, of all things, the cross pattern on the bun. The e-mail claims that the ban was called by the same minister who called for the Erykah Badu ban.
* Red Bull was actually banned in the 90s due to worries over the high caffeine content. The ban was overturned once it was determined that the levels of caffeine had no ill effects on the drinker.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Nudity in non-sexual contexts in magazines like ''National Geographic'' are censored by scribbling out the offending body parts with black markers (not unlike what most prude librarians and [[MoralGuardian soccer moms]] do in America). For example, an issue about King David had a picture of Michaelangelo's famous statue edited to cover up his crotch. It should be noted that this only applies to materials that are printed locally however (National Geographic also prints a Malaysian edition of their magazine). Imported materials with nudity are usually either outright barred from entry, or allowed through untouched if it's justified to be "for research purposes".

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''JerrySpringer'' was pulled off the air after only one episode due to its depraved content.
* According to TheOtherWiki, ''The Queen Bee'' episode of AllyMcBeal has been banned.
* Also according to TheOtherWiki, the episodes ''But I'm a Cheerleader'' and ''The Videotape'' from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' are also banned, at least from broadcast.
* ''Gruff's Groove Box'' is a case of this crossed with NoExportForYou and ScrewedByTheNetwork. What happened was, the show was unfortunately launched just one day before the passing of the king (specifically, the ''Agong'', or ruling king of the country). A local law which state that upbeat music must be outlawed for a month was enforced and the show was forcibly replaced in the Malaysian feed of Nickelodeon with reruns of ''LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple''. Given how ''Gruff'' performed badly in other markets that it was cancelled after only a few episodes (to give an idea of how bad it is, the show was cancelled by Nickelodeon ''while the ban was still in effect'') and Nickelodeon now pretends that the show never existed, the show has absolutely no chance of being seen in Malaysia. It should be noted that ''Gruff'' wasn't the only casualty from the tempban- other Music Video channels also went black for a whole month, taking with them any one-time specials, short-lived shows, and music videos that only aired within that period.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/{{Madonna}}, due to her long, risqué resume, is not allowed to perform in Malaysia.
* Music/LinkinPark was not allowed to wear short pants, spit, curse, throw things into the crowd, jump around, or "scream excessively" during their concert. Their live routine typically involves all of the above, except for wearing shorts.
* In his autobiography, Music/MeatLoaf lamented how hard it was to perform his "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" number in Muslim countries, since he was not allowed to touch any of his female back up singers on stage. Also, the female back up singers had to cover their shoulders and midriffs due to Islamic law over the female body being exposed.
* Why Music/ThePussycatDolls [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar managed to be allowed to perform in the country]] is a RiddleForTheAges. The organizers paid the fine and the Cats wore less sexy outfits when they returned to the country for the 2008 MTV Asia Awards.
** On the topic of skimpy outfits, Beyonce switched her concert venue from Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital Jakarta because she would have faced censure for wearing something considered obscene by Islamic law. It should be noted that Indonesia has more Muslims than Malaysia, though Indonesia's entertainment is more secular and not as tightly bound by Muslim law as it is in Malaysia or even any Middle Eastern country (with the possible exception of Israel) you can name.
* Music/MichaelJackson's first concert in the country was cancelled and he was banned from performing live in Malaysia because of his infamous crotch-grab dance move. The concert was UnCancelled a few days later and the ban removed when Jackson promised not to do the crotch-grab for his Malaysian audience (even though this had an unfortunate side-effect of causing the venue of the concert to change).
* In 2009, the Malaysian government declared that Muslim citizens would be prohibited from attending the BlackEyedPeas' concert there on the grounds that it was being sponsored by Guinness, a beer company (alcohol of any kind is forbidden from the Muslim religion). The government later rescinded the ban and allowed Muslims to buy tickets.
* In 2012, Erykah Badu was banned from performing in Malaysia due to accidental publication of an image of her wearing, of all things, a temporary tattoo with the name of the Muslim god on it in a local newspaper. Yes, this is considered blasphemous to the Muslim religion, but the picture wasn't even meant for publication in Malaysia; the image was stolen off the Internet via a random Google images search. And it was a '''''temporary''''' tattoo which has since been removed[[note]]It was one of those rub-on tattoos that can be easily washed off with soap and water[[/note]]. Needless to say, her Malaysians fans aren't pleased with the ban.
* A classical number called ''Mamula Moon'' and [[ToTheTuneOf any other songs that share it's tune]], due to the tune being the tune of the national anthem of Malaysia. Because the national anthem was ascended from the anthem of the State of Perak, who copied it's tune from a popular tune of that period. And when pointed at the fact a century or two later, the government banned other songs that share the tune on the grounds that the country's anthem is much more important, [[EpicFail and that the other songs are disrespectful of the country]].

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''USAcres'' comics are never available in print in newspapers in Malaysia unless it's a newspaper that is carrying Garfield and said strip was being used as a filler for some reason. And when they are, all depictions of Orson the pig (''the main character'') are edited out to comply with Muslim censorship rules.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* As Malaysia is officially recognized as a Islamic country (but in reality is a multicultural melting pot, much like America), slots and other forms of electronic gambling are only available to "licensed" premises. This typically means they're only available in one place: [[GoldenSaucer Genting Highlands]]. The police have power to and would typically raid arcades and revoke business licenses as well as confiscate all machines in the premise if so much as one gambling game is found in the premise. However, in reality, this has only resulted in arcades disguising their one armed bandits as legal video game machines. Yeah, you're right when you noticed that something's strange with the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' machine in the back corner of an arcade. Although to be fair, they are still regularly found out and shut down from time to time. This only applies to machines that pay out cash. [[DoubleStandard Machines that pay out tokens and tickets are generally treated much more leniently]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' never made it to Malaysian television due to its excessive and explicity crude content, but was released on home video.
* TheOtherWiki states that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was at one point (temporarily) banned in the country due to complaints from Muslim viewers over the content of some of the episodes. Apparently the ban has been lifted, but since then epsiodes are heavily cut, the show is only available over pay satellite TV, and the former terrestrial channel that carried the show, [=8TV=], now refuses to carry it.
* For some reason, the Creator/{{BBC}} refuses to screen ''WesternAnimation/HuxleyPig'' and ''Wibbly Pig'' on its Malaysian feed of [=CBeebies=]. The reason for this is unknown since they do screen ''Big Barn Farm'' and ''Tilly and Friends'' (both which contain pigs as supporting characters) uncut in the country.
* Nick Jr Asia refuses to screen PeppaPig and Toot And Puddle (and its spinoff, Olivia) on the Malaysian feed of the channel for reasons unknown, other than the whole "Pigs are not for Muslims" thing.
* Several {{WesternAnimation/Arthur}} fans suspect that said show has been quietly banned due to either Marc Brown being revealed to have converted to Judaism[[note]]The Malaysian government is pro-Palestine and strongly backs Palestine's claim on the Gaza Strip, and has a strong anti-Judaism bias[[/note]] or the controversial ''Postcards From Buster'' episode where Buster meets a girl with lesbian parents. Backing this claim is that Arthur books have vanished from shelves in almost all bookstores in the country where they were once plentiful. There is no official word on the matter, but it does all seem suspicious.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Initially subverted with the unveiling of the MSC Bill of Guarantees and the Multimedia Act. However, the MCMC took back their words and ordered the blocking of 19 filesharing sites. A filter exists to block websites that "contains illegal contents according to Malaysian law" was later put up. If anything, the government appears to be keen on making high speed broadband as inaccessible to the public as possible- with extremely slow rollout, low speeds compared to other countries, and negligence on the backbone, resulting in congestion, in addition to the filters causing slowdowns due to packet inspection at the international gateways. According to TheOtherWiki, as of July 2014, an independent query to the MCMC revealed that over 6500 websites have been blocked.
* Access to in-the-clear mailservers ([=POP3=], IMAP or SMTP servers that aren't protected by SSL or TLS) have been blocked by all [=ISPs=] - the government claims that this is to stop spammers and scammers.
* IRC port ranges 6667 to 6670 has been blocked by at least one high-speed ISP. The reason given was that it was "vulnerable and will jeopardize TM Network and TM Services if it let be open" ([[YouMakeMeSic *sic*]]), which is an extreme lie.
** SSH port 22 is also allegedly blocked by said ISP for the same reason.
** It was recently found that rpc1.org is blocked on this ISP as well. Apparently said ISP thinks that removing RegionCoding from a DVD or Blu-Ray drive one owns is illegal. [[note]]It's illegal in the US due to the DMCA, but there is no law on circumventing region coding in Malaysia. Heck, one can even walk into any electronics store and ask for a region free DVD player (though one can't ask for a region free blu-ray player because they simply don't exist yet). Furthermore only this one ISP blocks the site, or IRC and SSH. [[/note]]
* VPN has been blocked by two [=ISPs=] in the country: mobile ISP YTL E-Services, and cable Internet ISP ABN. No reason were given.
** YTL E-Services has also blocked the website of [[TheKiddieRide kiddie ride]] manufacturer Memopark Italia. Why they did so is a mystery as there is nothing offensive on said manufacturer's website, and they're the only ISP to be blocking said site.
* [=P2P=] clients like [=BitTorrent=] tends to fail to connect to peers from outside the country on many [=ISPs=]. This make it a hassle for those who has valid uses for [=P2P=], e.g. VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'s updater.
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[[folder:Mexico]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' premiered in the USA in 1988 and was banned in Mexico until ''2005''. The ruling government back then had a ''huge'' influence on media content, though the contributing factor to the ban were the fundamentalist Christian {{Media Watchdog}}s who were afraid of what [[ViewersAreMorons "superstitious viewers"]] would do after watching a film that depicted Jesus Christ as a flawed human being.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Several right-wing groups have tried to ban ''Tom Clancy's GhostRecon Advanced Warfighter 2'' in some parts of Mexico because the bad guys depicted are Mexican [[spoiler:even though they are rebels against the Mexican government and the players end up teaming with Mexican loyalists.]] Ditto goes for the Russian ultra-nationalists in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: ModernWarfare''.
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[[folder: The Netherlands]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Creator/LaurelAndHardy film ''Scram'' (1932) was banned back in 1932, as moral crusaders thought the scene of Laurel and Hardy lying on a bed with a woman (even though it was, at worst, ''mildly risque'') was indecent.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''MeinKampf'' is banned.
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[[folder:New Zealand]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* PuniPuniPoemy was classified as 'objectionable material' by the Office of Film & Literature Classification (OFLC), on the grounds that it depicted sexual exploitation of minors.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The first Film/MadMax film was initially banned for 4 years, meaning that it was shown later than its sequel ''The Road Warrior'', owing to sensitivities over a real-life gang incident in the late 1970s that paralleled the 'Goose is cooked' scene.
* ''Film/LastTangoInParis, Film/FacesOfDeath and Film/CannibalHolocaust'' were all banned on their initial release.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' was banned from TV in New Zealand ever since [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers its first season]] due to complaints from parents whose children injured themselves trying to imitate the show's fight scenes (which does sound like something the United States would pull), which is funny, considering that ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' (and every series afterward) is filmed on location in New Zealand with New Zealand-born actors and actresses.
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[[folder:Nigeria]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' was banned from theaters in Nigeria thanks to its unflattering depictions of Nigerian gangsters and scammers.
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[[folder: North Korea]]
* Most foreign things are banned in North Korea, probably ''the'' most isolated country in the world. Even getting caught ''listening to South Korean music'' gets you arrested and hauled off to tortures and punishments too gruesome to mention, which is a problem, as South Korea broadcasts radio signals across the border and even taunts North Korea by playing pop music into the Korean demilitarized zone. The nation even has its own Internet that is completely separate from the normal World Wide Web, so as not to bring in any outside influence. While it would be safe to say that ''everything'' is banned in North Korea, there are some minor exceptions:
** The only Western movie that has ever been shown on North Korean TV was a heavily-abridged version of ''Film/BendItLikeBeckham''.
** If you're a tourist, the bans are averted since your hotel will have some Western channels (like Creator/{{BBC}} Worldwide). However, they don't care as much because, (1) you, as a foreigner, have already been "exposed" to these corrupting influences and, 2) as a tourist, you are not allowed to go out on your own and talk to any North Koreans that are on your propagandized tour of the nation (there is a reason why the only hotel open to foreigners in Pyongyang is built on an island in the middle of the Taedong River).
** In the 1990s, the government allowed the novel ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' to be imported and translated. This seems to have been done for propaganda reasons, adhering to the classic Marxist interpretation of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar as a victory for bourgeois capitalism. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff The book has since become wildly popular]], though less for the reasons the government had hoped and more because the North Korean people can relate to the struggle for survival in a poor country torn apart by war.
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[[folder:Norway]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' was originally banned for a year in Norway. As a result, the movie was marketed in Sweden with the weird TagLine ''"The film that is so funny it was banned in Norway!"''
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/FacesOfDeath'' was banned on its initial relase.
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[[folder:Philippines]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Ferdinand Marcos' KBL regime banned the SuperRobot show ''Anime/VoltesV'' ([[{{Daimos}} and]] [[GetterRobo many]], [[MazingerZ many]] [[{{Gaiking}} others]]), officially because of violence and horror themes, but really because the premise about [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rebels fighting against a brutal dictator]] hit a little too close to home for Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda. This resulted in ''Voltes V'' being adopted as a mascot by rebel factions.
** Eventually, ''VoltesV'' and ''{{Daimos}}'' were re-aired after the dictator stepped down, but the others have yet to be shown again... save for Gaiking (but the version shown years later was from the ''Force Five'' version, not the original).

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[[folder: Film ]]

* All of Claire Danes' films were banned after some comments she made in Variety while promoting ''Film/BrokedownPalace'' (which was filmed in the Philippines) were deemed insensitive by the government.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'', due to extreme violence and animal cruelty. But somehow, there are a bunch of bootleg copies around.
* There was an attempt to ban the film version of ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' nationwide by fundamentalist-conservative Catholic groups back in 2006. However, the MTRCB just slapped a R-18 rating on it. The SM Supermalls, the largest chain of shopping malls in the country, prohibited the showing of movie in all of their theaters nationwide as to comply with their policy not to show R-18 films. The movie was banned in Manila but it was shown in other places outside Manila. But the Blu-Ray and DVD versions are still available in local stores nationwide.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/NoliMeTangere'' and ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'' were novels released during the Spanish occupation of the country. Since they spoke about nationwide corruption in the government and church, you can imagine the ruling Spanish and archbishops weren't going to let something like that getting printed in the country. In the post-Spanish occupation Philippines, these once-banned books are now studied in Filipino high schools and colleges.
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[[folder:Portugal]]
* During the ''Estado Novo'' ("New State") dictatorship, which lasted between 1933 and 1974, over 3500 films were banned for "moral" and political reasons, while others never went to the censors because the distributors knew they wouldn't pass. Amongst those were:
** any "Russian"/Soviet film (between 1936 and 1970),
** any Eastern European film (between 1947 and 1970), and
** any Indian film (between 1953 and 1973), this last ones due to the invasions of Portuguese India. (http://grandmasala.blogspot.pt/2010/04/ciclo-filmes-proibidos-antes-do-25-de.html )
* The regime also banned many songs by Portugese protest singer José Zeca Afonso. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome the rebellion that caused the downfall of the regime was signalled by having a song of Afonso, ''"Grandola Vila Morena"'', play nation wide on the radio.
* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was banned from 1973 until 1974.

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[[folder:Russia]]
''See the "Soviet Union" folder for bans that took place under communist rule.''

* Profanity in the media is banned in Russia. Currently, there's no official list of words considered "profanity," so there's some considerable confusion among what people can get away with.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Russia doesn't technically ban movies, but the Ministry of Culture did officially recommend that ''Film/{{Borat}}'' not be shown in theatres. The weirdness of the Kazakh jokes was the American audience being so ignorant they didn't know anything about this huge country - even extremely basic stuff like Kazakh people looking more ethnically Middle Eastern/East Asian instead of like the hairy and Jewish SachaBaronCohen. This was bound to be lost on Russians who don't have to deal with American ethnic ignorance on a daily basis, but ''do'' have to deal with Central Asians being a growing ethnic minority and most likely being offended by the stereotypes portrayed in the movie.
* The Communist Party of the Russian Federation tried to get ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' banned for portraying the Soviet Union in a bad light. The film was released over their objections.
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' is not actually banned, but Universal Pictures International Russia decided not to release it as it was thought that a film with such a strong anti-Soviet tone would be unlikely to make a profit in Russia. Among the Russians who have seen the film, the response is overwhelming negative.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''ModernWarfare 2'' was released in Russia without its infamous airport level.
* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes 2'' was banned for "overblown fabrications of history", and "offensive and stereotypical lies about Soviet soldiers" and all retail copies were withdrawn from stores. What really stands out is that this was done because this was demanded by regular players through a petition.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' was banned because it promotes "violence and brutality".

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Russia started formal banning of Internet resources advertising drugs, suicide, terrorism and homosexuality. It is quite often that the notice is served to LiveJournal about a repost, while the original site gets under radar. What qualifies for advertising suicide? [[http://dumbwaystodie.com/ A PSA about railway safety.]]
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[[folder:Saudi Arabia]]
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Saudi Arabia banned ''Jalila'' and ''Aya'' because the government considered the [[http://www.comicvine.com/jalila/49-23966/ heroines']][[http://brokenmystic.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/aya-picture.jpg costumes]] indecent, as per Islamic law.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* In another truly bizarre move (although perhaps related to Islamic law and its issues with the female body), {{Franchise/Barbie}} dolls are banned. They are referred to by the government as "Jewish Dolls" or "Zionist Dolls" and are seen as "symbols of the perversion and decadence of the West." Instead, they came out with a replacement named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulla_(doll) Fulla]]. It's mostly the same, except she promotes Muslim values and isn't dressed indecently by the standards of Islamic law.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: ModernWarfare'' was banned [[{{Qurac}} for]] [[AcceptableReligiousTargets obvious reasons]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is also banned there too. They denounced it as "promoting gambling and Zionism". However, that hasn't stopped some of the media from being obtained, according to [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Controversy Bulbapedia]], the Pokemon wiki. The main victim was the Trading Card Game.
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[[folder:Singapore]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* One of ''MacrossPlus'''s soundtrack [=CDs=] was banned in Singapore because of the song "Idol Talk", which contains samples of dialogue from a phone sex operator.
* BoysLove manga is banned, as part of the country's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_377A_of_the_Penal_Code_(Singapore) more symbolic than anything anti-LGBT law]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/TheEvilDead'' was banned on its initial release.
* ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' was banned on its initial release.
* The Chinese example of ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'' was subverted in Singapore with huge posters of Sao Feng with the slogan "Welcome to Singapore" being put up around some of the country's more touristy districts.
* As mentioned before, ''{{Zoolander}}'' was initially banned as a move of goodwill towards neighbor Malaysia. However, the ban was lifted 5 years later, when political ties between Malaysia and Singapore suffered a strain due to some careless words. The ties have been mended, but since the movie has already been unbanned, re-banning it would be like putting a baby back in the womb after it's been born.

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[[folder: Foodstuff ]]

* Chewing gum and bubble gum are banned in Singapore, with the exception of therapeutic gum for medicinal uses.

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* Material promoting socialism is prohibited in Singapore.
* In movies and TV shows, scenes or dialogue containing language that is religiously profane or trashes religion is censored.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The song "Bi" from the LivingColour album ''Stain'' was banned.
* The song "PuffTheMagicDragon" was apparently banned back in 1963 due to its lyrics allegedly being a metaphor for drugs. Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore do ''not'' mess around when it comes to drugs and depictions of it in the media. However, Malaysia and Thailand saw it (correctly, as it happens) as an innocent children's song and nothing more, and thus it wasn't banned in those countries.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* During the time period of the Hot Coffee debacle, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' was banned in Singapore, probably one of the first few video games to be banned in the country.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' was banned because of a brief lesbian sex scene for all but around two days before being unbanned and given an M18 rating. This news story also brought us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLw28UVWEU this video]] by the Media Development Authority, the people who banned it in the first place.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The website of [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Chick Publications, home to the infamous Chick tracts]], is blocked. For example, a Christian couple was convicted of sedition and fined for distributing Chick tracts that portrayed Islam in a negative light.
* Like in China, many websites are blocked in Singapore by the Media Development Authority. The official websites of publications like Playboy and Penthouse are blocked, as well as "lifestyle sites" that condone homosexuality. Many pornographic video streaming tube sites, in particular anything under the new ".xxx" and ".sex" domain addresses being assigned to nsfw websites, are blocked as well. As of late, though, the government has been considering lifting the ban (at least partially) in favour of end-user or service-provider based web filters.
** [[http://getgom.com/ Subverted with a Google Chrome extension.]]
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[[folder:South Africa]]
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[[folder: Comics ]]

* The Franchise/{{Tintin}} comic book ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin In The Congo]]'' is banned in South Africa, because of its racially outdated depiction of black people. In the rest of Africa, even Congo itself, the story is one of the most popular in the Tintin series.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''BeingThere'' had its final scene cut for its original release due to concern that the TwistEnding ([[spoiler:which reveals Chance can walk on water]]) would offend Christians.
* ''ToSirWithLove'', a 1967 film about a black Guyanese teacher (played by Creator/SidneyPoitier) living in England and dealing with white students, was banned during TheApartheidEra. Since then, it's been given an A (for "all ages") rating.
* ''Film/CryFreedom'' was banned during the Apartheid era.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/BlackBeauty'' was formerly banned in South Africa. Having the words "black" and "beauty" in the title was evidently a no-no during apartheid, despite that [[WhatAnIdiot ''Black Beauty'' is about a horse]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The South African government refused to allow the introduction of television broadcasting until 1976, as they felt television would corrupt its people.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BobMarley 's album ''"Survival"'' was sold in South Africa during apartheid, but the title and liner notes of ''"Africa Unite"'' were erased with a black marker and on the record itself the entire track was scratched so that it would skip when being played.
* The Music/PinkFloyd album ''Music/TheWall'' was banned during the apartheid era due to the fact that the song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" was used in a student uprising against propaganda in the education system.
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[[folder:South Korea]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Banned_episodes#Banned_episodes_in_South_Korea According to Bulbapedia]] several episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' are banned. Not just the infamous ''Electric Soldier Porygon'' episode either. Some things relate to samurai outfits and items that bring up thoughts of the rocky history between South Korea and Japan. This might have more to do with the unusual trait of the show being adapted from the FourKidsEntertainment version instead of the Japanese original, though.
* Over 40 episodes of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' were cut and banned from broadcast, while all scenes involving the Hikawa Shrine (the shrine that Rei lives in with her grandfather) were excised, along with any scenes depicting Rei in her miko robes or that involved kanji. These changes were in part due to the unpleasant history between Japan and South Korea.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was banned on its initial release.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the mid-1990s, Korea banned tobacco smoking in Korean dramas. Later the ban was extended to all smoking on TV. If a character smokes in a movie shown on TV the cigarette will be pixellated.
* South Korea doesn't really like ''Series/{{Mash}}'', because South Koreans are depicted as living in poverty, even though it's realistic: at the time of the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar and until TheSeventies, South Korea's GDP was smaller than Ghana's.
* Any show that has Japanese elements is immediately not allowed for airing in the country due to Japan-Korea relations (Yes, even some anime, see Anime and Manga above and Multimedia below). In fact, ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' (Which was an ''American'' made show) and ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' never got aired in dubbed form at all for said reason (The latter only got away when the dubs of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' showed them).

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* For many years, South Korea had a ban on most cultural products from Japan. This began to be lifted in the late 1990s, although enforcement had been relatively lax since about ten years prior.
* Throughout the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, South Korea banned anything which it regarded as either pro-communist or pro-North Korean propaganda. These bans were largely overturned in the 1990s.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* In an attempt to protect family values, South Korea usually bans any song or music video that depicts sex or drug use. Examples of this include:
** [[DongBangShinKi TVXQ's]] "Mirotic" was [[http://www.allkpop.com/2008/11/tvxq_banned_from_korea banned]] because of its "explicit lyrics". Said explicit lyrics consisted of "I got you under my skin". Subsequently, all albums featuring the song were deemed with an "inappropriate for minors" sign, and a clean version of the song was released, with its lyrics changed to "I got you under my ''sky''".
** Rain's song "Rainism" was banned soon after the Rainism album release due to the lyrics "...[[TheImmodestOrgasm make you scream]] [[BiggerIsBetterInBed with my magic stick]]".
** Seung Ri's "Strong Baby" was [[http://www.allkpop.com/2009/01/seung_ri_is_banned_from_kbs banned from KBS]] for the use of the word "crack", which was later changed to "clap".
** G-Dragon's album ''Heartbreaker'' was declared [[http://www.allkpop.com/2009/11/g-dragons_album_no_longer_suitable_for_minors unsuitable for minors]] for its "inappropriate" lyrics. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, three songs suggested sex, drug use, and promoted an inappropriate vision of Korea.
*** During his first concert, G-Dragon unfortunately [[http://static.allkpop.com/wp-content/uploads/old/2009_stories/20091205_gdragonconcert13a.jpg dry humped]] one of his female back dancers. Problem is, there were minors in the audience. An investigation ensued, a fine was paid, and two versions of the concert DVD were released: one uncensored for adults only and one edited out for minors. [[http://www.allkpop.com/2010/03/g-dragon-is-cleared-of-charges See the detailed article here]].
** The boy band 2PM's song "Hands Up" used the line "Put your hands up and get your drinks up now", which was changed to "get your dreams up now" to avoid having the song banned from music programs.
** Sistar's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ1hvB_L30o How Dare You]] suffered from a triple whammy. The video was banned from public broadcast because it featured pole dancing (really just dancing near a pole), KBS banned it for belittling lyrics (the "how dare you" which is directed to a ''cheating boyfriend'') and another music show banned it for provocative choreography (unrelated to the pole dancing). The last two were circumvented by changing the lyrics and the choreography for performances on those stations.
* South Korean state broadcaster KBS also bans any video that depicts [[http://www.allkpop.com/2010/04/kbs-deems-rains-love-song-music-video-inappropriate-for-broadcast traffic law violations]]. Basically, this means that every video where you see a guy running wildly across the streets gets banned. Examples of this include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_wC2gClaGU Rain's Love Song.]]
** And also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASO_zypdnsQ "Gentleman"]] by Music/{{PSY}}, for a single shot in which he kicks over a traffic cone.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* South Korea is said to ban the sale of any game depicting fictional wars between North and South Korea. This includes ''{{Mercenaries}}: Playground of Destruction'', ''Creator/TomClancy's GhostRecon 2'' and ''SplinterCell: Chaos Theory''. It has since lifted its ban on the ''GhostRecon'' series as a way of promoting freedom of speech.
* The most obvious case of banning is ''{{Homefront}}'', where both Koreas are united under Northern rule.
* Until the 2000s or so, import video games originating from Japan had to have all Japanese voicework and Japanese vocals from songs removed, as well as depictions of samurai, to comply with national laws because of the forty-year occupation of Korea by Japan between 1905 and 1945.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had started to air on Tooniverse in March of 2000, but it barely got into its first season before the Republic of Korea Broadcasting Committee ordered it banned (due to numerous complaints about its content).
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[[folder:Soviet Union]]
* Modern Russian censorship is very lax, but back when Russia was known as The Soviet Union, it had an extensive CulturePolice-type system that would make the current Chinese one say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. That's too much!". Foreign films were graded particularly harshly; domestic films with the following ''might'' get past, depending on the situation. It was not uncommon for domestic films to be created, widely screened, and then censored or banned as well (like the 1930 epic ''Earth'' which was screened extensively and controversially before being censored).
** Every movie made in the West and not specially approved for translation into Russian. Light-hearted French comedies were approved and translated with little or no fuss while something like ''Franchise/StarWars'', on the other hand, was banned and bad-mouthed in newspapers for a long time.
** Anything with sexual content that would make Boston's censors blush. Soviet film censors were very prudish (A notable exception was the very sexual ''Little Vera'', a ''perestroika''-era thriller).
** Anything that showed religion as positive (as the USSR was atheist as hell and suppressed religion).
** Anything showing America or another Western country in a positive light, though American works that trashed capitalism and democracy were more likely to be approved.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Despite its socialist message, the film version of ''Literature/TheGrapesOfWrath'' was banned after Soviet audiences ended up being impressed that the Joads could afford their own car.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' was banned because of its allegory to the Russian Revolution and particularly JosephStalin (since it was written as such as a means to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar slip past the editors]]).
* Due to the book's implicit criticism of collectivization and nationalism and its praise of individuality, the original Russian text of ''Literature/DoctorZhivago'' was only available to Russian expatriates around the world until the collapse of the Soviet Union. The author, Boris Pasternak, was also forced to renounce the NobelPrizeInLiterature under threat of him and his loved ones getting deported or worse.
* Apart from a few short stories, everything Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn wrote after ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'' was banned in the Soviet Union. Even before he was deported, he could only publish his work abroad, but not in his home country.
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[[folder: Music ]]

* The music of Music/TheBeatles was banned, but flourished on the black market. Ironically, "Back in the U.S.S.R." could not be legally played in the actual U.S.S.R.
** Similarly, other subversive rock bands like Music/TheRollingStones, Music/VelvetUnderground and Music/FrankZappa were banned as well.

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[[folder: Science ]]

* During Stalin's time, the entire science of genetics was banned for being too capitalist because that's clearly how science works. Also, the fact that Gregor Mendel was a Catholic friar didn't jibe well with the U.S.S.R.'s atheism. Therefore, the Soviets invented the infamous pseudoscience Lysenkoism (basically Lamarckism with Marxist rhetoric), which caused the Soviet Union to fall behind the West in the field of biology as well as creating numerous famines. Lysenkoism was duly embraced by other communist countries, including Maoist China.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The only Shakespeare play to be banned in the Soviet Union was ''{{Hamlet}}'' during Stalin's government. Some sources claim this was because Hamlet was viewed as a tyrant (despite the fact that another character, like Hamlet's father, or another play, like ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', would be a better target), while others claim that this was due to Hamlet’s indecisiveness. This was parodied by the writers of the foreword to the restored original Klingon version of the play.
-->Khamlet spends a positively un-Klingon amount of time talking about what he should do, rather than getting anything done. Most Klingons cannot make head or tail of this; in some parts of the hinterlands of the Empire, ''Khamlet'' has even been banned from performance, as liable to corrupt the youth.
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[[folder:Spain]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''MazingerZ'' was aired in 1978 and it was pulled out off the air at January of 1979 due to the violent content prevalent in the show. Only thirty-three random episodes had been dubbed -- one of which never even aired. It was not until 1993 that Spanish fans were able to watch the whole dubbed series.

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[[folder: Comic Strips ]]

* Comicbook/SpirouAndFantasio: The album ''"The Dictator and the Mushroom" (1956)'' was banned under Franco's regime for poking fun at dictators.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Many books that depicted something against the very conservative values or the actual social situation of Franco's Spain were banned. One famous example was a book that had its DeadpanSnarker say in one chapter that "1952 has been a very good year. Madrid is so clean there aren't even any dogs around!". Realization hits you suddenly that the author is making an allusion to the famine that many people went through in 1952, where even dogs were considered food.
* Under the Franco regime the children's novel ''Literature/TheStoryOfFerdinand'' was banned because the story of a bull who doesn't want to partake in bullfighting was considered to be pacifist/communist brainwashing. Mussolini banned it too in Italy. Hitler did the same in Germany, even ordering it to be burned.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Saw VI'' was the first mainstream film to be rated X in Spain due to extreme violence, and therefore can't be showed in normal commercial theaters, only in approved X-rated cinemas. Disney (the ironic distributor) appealed against this decision but ultimately was forced to edit several violent scenes before a wide release could be allowed, ultimately pitting it against its own 3D sequel when ''it'' was released just weeks later. It's been speculated that the producers of a Spanish film that was to be released at the same time were responsible and that ''Saw VI'' was merely a rare victim of protectionism; it doesn't help that Spain usually happens to be pretty damn lax when it comes to censorship.
* [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]'s ''Viridiana'' was banned because of its final scene, where the title character closes the door after her [[KissingCousins cousin]] enters the room and the film ends at that point. In the middle of the film, there was a parody of the Last Supper made by homeless people (with a blind man as Jesus) and a scene where Viridiana's uncle tried to rape her [[spoiler:although he regretted trying to do it and later killed himself]]. This cost Buñuel his passport to Spain and the movie got out just because the actress Silvia Pinal managed to smuggle a copy into the Cannes Film Festival, where it was represented as an independent film because neither Spain nor Mexico wanted to represent the movie.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Under Franco's regime many songs were banned if they hinted at sex, had links to Communists or did anything that went against Catholic teachings.
** "Theme For A Dream" by Music/CliffRichard was banned for supposedly suggestive lines.
** "Hymne A L' Amour" by Music/EdithPiaf was banned because Piaf dedicated it to her lover Marcel Cerdan, with whom she had an adulterous affair at the time.
** A Brazilian song with the name Creator/BrigitteBardot in the title was also banned, just because of the title.
** A Spanish version of Nat King Cole’s record “El Bodeguero” (“The Vintner”) was banned lest it encouraged Spaniards to go out and get drunk.
** Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was banned too.
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[[folder:Sweden]]
* Sweden bans advertising directed to children. For this reason, there were initially some difficulties with importing ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' due to the show's MerchandiseDriven nature (apparently, the show eventually passed muster). However, Sweden's strict advertising laws (which also ban the broadcast of commercials in the middle of programs) only seem to apply to broadcasters that are actually based inside the country; as such, many pay TV channels (including children's channels) [[LoopholeAbuse actually broadcast out of nearby countries such as Denmark, Norway, or even the United Kingdom]], whose laws aren't as strict, meaning they can air all the toy commercials they please.
* The 1971 Creator/{{Troma}} film ''Cry Uncle!'' was banned in Sweden until 2003 due to a scene in which the antihero has sex with a corpse.
* ''Film/TheEvilDead'' was banned on its initial release.
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[[folder:Thailand]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The Thai government has banned nearly every rendition of ''Anna and the King of Siam'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' ever made because of the King of Siam, who is culturally seen as a divine being, is depicted as a flawed human being. What's worse is that no matter how the filmmakers rework the story, it ''always'' ends up getting banned in that country. The fundamental problem here is that no matter how respectfully and positively modern filmmakers may portray the King, the basic story still implies that Thailand is a backwards country filled with people who need someone from the West to civilize them.

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* ''TheEconomist'' is banned due to one of its writers insulting the Thai Royal Family and accusing it of abusing its power.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 5 has been banned in Thailand [[http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/05/bangkokblocked_thailand_turns_away_tropico_5/ because the game hit too close to home with the military junta that has seized control of the country]].

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The video for Music/ChristinaAguilera's "Drrty" was censored in UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} (and caused some minor controversy in America) due to Thai-language posters that read "Thailand's Sex Tourism" and "Young Underage Girls".

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The song "One Night in Bangkok" from the musical ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' is also banned, probably due to its description of UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}} as [[HolidayInCambodia a "crowded, polluted, stinking town" that's only good for sex tourism]]. Despite this, it gets frequent play there.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} actively bans written works that criticize the Thai royal family, and under Thai law, authors that attack the Thai king are subject to imprisonment. This is evident in the jailing of an [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australian]] novelist in 2008.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Depictions of smoking are [[NoSmoking pixelated on TV]], such as on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "New Kid on the Block," in which Bart "smokes" bubbles from a toy pipe while talking to Laura (yet the ''TreehouseOfHorror'' story in which Bart and Lisa are British detectives out to find a prostitute killer did leave in every scene of people smoking opium -- ''including'' the bizarre ending in which the events were a crazy opium hallucination as seen in Ralph Wiggum's mind). [[http://2bangkok.com/2bangkok-simpsons-simpsonssmoking.html See for yourself]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Facebook and Twitter has been blocked in Thailand after the military coup took place. The excuse was that they needed to stop the rebels from "spreading lies and further destabilizing the already fragile political environment".

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[[folder:Turkey]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Anime/{{Pokemon}} was temporarily banned after two children jumped off a balcony and broke their legs.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Any film depicting the Armenian genocide (which, according to the government, never happened), anything critical of the military, and any newspaper, book, or film made by an ethnic Kurd or Armenian can have its authors/creators charged under the article 301 of the penal code for insulting the Turkish identity. This is what happened to Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist based in Istanbul. He was murdered in 2007 for his views, and [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6281193.stm major uproar ensued]]. They might be getting ''ever so slightly'' better about this, as Creator/AtomEgoyan's ''{{Ararat}}'' was screened there, albeit with heavy edits, and amidst threats from nationalist groups.
* Lars Von Trier's ''Nymphomaniac'' was banned for having lots of sex scenes, making it, in their opinion, more porn than art.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Various websites, such as Blogger.com, [=WordPress=], RichardDawkins' [[http://www.richarddawkins.net/ website]], [[http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/ Little Green Footballs]], and [[http://mypetjawa.mu.nu The Jawa Report]] have all been banned in Turkey at one time or another, all for pretty much the same reasons. Dawkins has a banner on his site marking this as a point of pride.
* [[http://www.armenianweekly.com/2010/11/05/sex-tape-prompts-turkey-to-reinstate-youtube-ban/ According to a report]] from Reporters Without Borders, more than 5,000 websites are censored in Turkey.
* Turkey's mass censorship of Internet sites they don't like has reportedly been taken to the next level, threatening online journalists and imposing a system that will monitor its people's internet activity. [[http://panarmenian.net/eng/news/72216/ Anonymous]] is launching one of its "hacktivism" attacks in response. An Internet filtration system was later put officially in place. The government says it's in place to protect children from viewing pornography, but it can (and probably will, as many protesting Turkish citizens fear) be used to censor anything the government doesn't want its citizens viewing.
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[[folder:Ukraine]]
* ''Film/{{Bruno}}'', ''[[{{Saw}} Saw 3D]]'', ''Film/LandOfTheDead'', ''[[{{Hostel}} Hostel II]]'', and ''TheSimpsons'' have been banned in Ukraine for violence (''Saw 3D'', ''Land Of The Dead'', and ''Hostel II''), sexual content considered deviant by the Ukrainian government (''Bruno''), and subversive content/humor (''Bruno'' and ''TheSimpsons''). Additionally, Ukraine wants to ban SpongebobSquarepants as it promotes [[HoYay homosexuality]] (even though the allegations of the show promoting homosexuality is a myth propagated by loony fans and conservative religious groups -- at least in America).
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[[folder:United Arab Emirates]]
* ''Film/TheBlackSwan'' is banned for sexual themes considered too taboo for the country's sensibilities. It would have been released with cuts made, but Mohammad Naser, the UAE cinema censor, declared that there would be too much to cut and there's no point in showing a butchered film.
* ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine'' is banned for showing Dubai as a devastated city left to rot under massive sandstorms. Listening to the audio logs found in the game shows that [[spoiler: the government of the UAE and Dubai ordered a media cover-up on the increasingly dangerous and powerful sandstorms, then fled once the sandstorms grew too intense]]. Unlike the other examples, which the ban only applies for registered retailers to desist selling those products via their local outlets (privately owning the game or buying it online aren't illegal), the NMC had extended their focus for this title going far as to issue the TRA to block the game's official website and subsequently stop the title's distribution throughout the rest of the GCC, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are both banned for containing "violence against Muslims." In the back story of the games (as established by earlier editions) the Middle East went to war with Europe leading to a nuclear exchange, though neither of the games themselves really point this out.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' is banned on the grounds of suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.
* ''Film/{{Noah}}'' is banned as it contradicts the Islamic teachings where Noah is considered one of the important prophets of Allah.
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[[folder:United Kingdom]]
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs0WCUZqoJg A commercial for Pot Noodle]] (a product line of instant noodles popular in Europe) that aired in the early 1990s depicted rapidly flashing images and colors set to the song "Ace of Spades". Similar to the "Electric Soldier Porygon" episode of the ''Pokemon'' anime, viewers were reported as having seizures from watching it, and then the ad was swiftly pulled.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* The Franchise/{{Tintin}} comic book ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTheCongo Tintin In The Congo]]'' was banned until 2005, when it was finally released with a foreword that places the racial and colonial imagery in the story in historical context. In other countries, such as South Africa, it remains banned for the same reasons, though in the rest of Africa, even Congo itself, the story is one of the most popular in the Tintin series.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/IslandOfLostSouls (1932)'' was banned until 1958, because of scenes of vivisection, which fell under the policy of not showing cruelty to animals in feature films.
* The phrase '{{video nast|ies}}y' comes from a particularly censorship-happy time during the 1980s, where the BBFC banned pretty much every gory horror movie that came out. Some of these movies are still banned today, although in many cases that's just because they've never been re-submitted for a new certificate, which led to some odd decisions (such as the banning of the uncut version of the first ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film before 2001. "The Evil Dead" in itself was banned from 1983 to 1990.).
** The BBC once parodied the phrase "video nasty" with its own series of programs on VHS, called "video tasties".
** With regards to BBFC certificates, ''any'' film or non-exempt video recording not issued with a BBFC certificate (whether refused a certificate or simply not submitted for one) is as good as banned in the UK, regardless of content. There are two main exceptions to this - those which are exempt which is usually limited to educational recordings which doesn't feature anything like nudity or anything which may appear in a horror film and a loophole which allows you to buy your own copies of recordings from abroad for your own consumption, but if you do this then you can't sell them on second-hand.
* For a while, ''MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' was banned in Aberystwyth, a small town in mid-Wales. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/mid/7514423.stm No really.]] Particularly hilarious seeing as the current mayor was ''in'' it.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDCAJTrF1gg This]] Channel 4 documentary details the whole history of that movie's trouble with censorship in various places, including this gem from an interview with someone who'd had it banned in Harrogate:
--->'''Reporter:''' Now, you've not actually seen the film?\\
'''Councillor:''' No, we haven't.\\
'''Reporter:''' What reports have you had of it? Where have those reports come from?\\
'''Councillor:''' The reports have come from the Festival of Light, and they have told us of the attitude of the American Catholic church and the American Jewish church.[[note]]It should be noted that, antisemitic conspiracy theories to the contrary, there is no such organisation as ''the'' American Jewish church and if there was it wouldn't be called the "church" anyway.[[/note]]\\
'''Reporter:''' What do you know about the Festival of Light yourself?\\
'''Councillor:''' Nothing.
** [[http://www.fstdt.net/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=55403 This]] Website/FundiesSayTheDarndestThings quote shows that some people ''still haven't got over it''.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Jones-Davies The other wiki]] says the film was never banned; the whole thing is an urban legend. Hm.
**** The "urban myth" is that the film was banned in Aberystwyth: any local council in the UK has the power to ban a film from cinemas, even if the [=BBFC=] allows it.
* For a while, any scenes that depicted ninja weapons, like shuriken[[note]]Japanese throwing stars[[/note]] and nunchaku[[note]]nunchucks[[/note]] (including BruceLee's iconic scene in EnterTheDragon) were censored.
* The movie ''1 Day'' has been banned (or so says its poster) in Birmingham for portraying gang warfare in said city.
* The movie ''Film/{{Mikey}}'', the story of a psychopathic 9-year old boy who murders people, was banned due to the James Bulger murder and the fact that the protagonist being a child murderer that gets away with his crimes does not sit well with the BBFC. Re-releases of ''Film/HellOfTheLivingDead'' and ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' were also briefly held up in the aftermath, though home video classifications were finally bestowed upon ''Film/HellOfTheLivingDead'' in 2002 and ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' in 1995 (the latter following a theatrical re-release).
* The film ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' was banned for almost 30 years in the United Kingdom, because audiences were too shocked by some scenes in the film.
* Until Creator/StanleyKubrick's death in 1999 the film ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' (1971) was banned from distribution in the United Kingdom. Kubrick himself lived in England and reacted in horror to tales about copycat crimes and rapes inspired by the movie. In fear that he too might be visited by some lunatics, just like the writer in the film who lives in obscurity, he therefore banned his own work until his death. (Rather different from most of these examples: instead of a ban being imposed by a government entity, it was a content creator choosing to withdraw his own work from publication.)
* Just Jaeckin's [[Film/TheStoryOfO movie adaption]] of the 1954 ''Literature/TheStoryOfO'' novel was banned outright in the UK until the ban was lifted in February of 2000.
* ''TheHumanCentipede II'' was released DirectToVideo (unlike other countries, where it saw a theatrical release if released at all) with 150 seconds of footage missing to remove sexualized violence and extreme gross out scenes.
* The Creator/DavidCronenberg ''Literature/{{Crash}}'' film was banned by Westminster Council in London (whose territory covers the main West End cinemas) after a censorious campaign against it by MoralGuardians.
* Since the retirement of James Ferman as head of the BBFC in 1999, the policy on banning movies in the UK has been relaxed considerably, and film-makers have to work quite hard to get the coveted 'banned in the UK' label. These days, the main modern reasons for banning or editing an imported movie are concentrated around animal torture, children in sexual situations or forced into doing sexual acts, scenes of dangerous actions that can easily be imitated by more dim-witted viewers or are glamorized as being "fun and risk-free"[[note]]particularly suicidal techniques, fight moves (with headbutts, ear claps, and neck-breaking the most popular ones edited), ingesting or preparing illegal drugs, and using household objects to make dangerous weapons, like aerosol spray flamethrowers, Molotov cocktails, and improvised explosive devices[[/note]], anything that exploits or invades the privacy of people (''Bum Fights: A Cause for Concern'' was banned for this reason), and graphic violence depicted as sexually alluring[[note]]meaning no rapes or violent kinky stuff involving knives and erotic asphyxiation[[/note]]). Japanese film-maker Koji Shiraishi was prepared to go that extra mile, though, and seems to have offered ''{{Grotesque}}'' to the BBFC mostly in the hope of getting it banned, so he can gain some publicity. His quote when it was rejected was to say that he was "delighted and flattered by this '''''most expected''''' reaction from the faraway country, since the film is an honest conscientious work, made sure to upset the so-called moralists." Opinion is divided considerably as to who exactly is in the right on this one.
** The Japanese torture-porn film ''Grotesque'' (2009):
--> "Unlike other 'torture' themed horror works, such as the ''Saw'' and ''Hostel'' series, ''Grotesque'' features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism. In spite of a vestigial attempt to 'explain' the killer's motivations at the very end of the film, the chief pleasure on offer is not related to understanding the motivations of any of the central characters. Rather, the chief pleasure on offer seems to be wallowing in the spectacle of sadism (including sexual sadism) for its own sake."
* ''Film/VisionsOfEcstasy'' is a short film in which Saint Terese of Avila caresses the body of Jesus on the cross and was therefore considered blasphemous. The distributor took the case to the European Court of Human Rights in 1996 to consider whether the existence of a law of blasphemy was consistent with Freedom of Expression rights. Although blasphemy laws in the UK were only repealed in 2008, the film is still not classified and so it remains the only film banned in the UK on the grounds of blasphemy.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The novel ''LadyChatterleysLover'' by D.H Lawrence could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1961, owing to its explicit language and depiction of sex (and, it's been suggested, the fact that it depicts an affair between an aristocratic woman and a working-class man). In 1959, Penguin Books published a version and were immediately hit with prosecution under the then-recent Obscene Publications Act; the defence were able to call some of the most respected and admired scholars and critics of the day to testify on their behalf, and the prosecutor didn't do himself any favours when he asked the jury to consider whether the book was the kind “you would wish your wife or servants to read” -- a rather condescending question which no doubt charmed the socks off the three women and any non-servant employing (i.e. lower class) people on the jury [[note]] It is said that one member of the House of Peers drily remarked that he wasn't concerned about his wife and servants reading it, but he didn't want it getting into the hands of his gamekeeper.[[/note]] The jury returned a “not-guilty” verdict, and the trial is often credited for the resulting relaxing of regulations for publishing explicit material in Britain.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* MargaretThatcher's government (who were touchy about the IRA, having been blown up by them as well as having several good friends killed by them) at one point banned any broadcasting of anything said by terrorists or their spokesmen. But as they couldn't actually go so far as to forbid the media to interview people, this led to a grotesque routine where a TV interviewer would ask a question of, say, Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein, and his reply would be dubbed over the picture, read out by an actor, deliberately out of synch with the movement of his lips so that everyone could see the law was being obeyed. This practice was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6UhXivPyw4 satirised]] by ''Series/TheDayToday''.
** She also tried to ban the Thames Television documentary ''Death on the Rock'' when it suggested that the government may have unlawfully killed some IRA members. It didn't work, so she just mass-deregulated ITV and watched the company in question get outbid and replaced.
** This practice was parodied in a radio episode of ''Series/DeadRingers'', with John Humphries (from BBC Radio 4's Today programme, a highbrow breakfast programme) dubbed over when interviewing then-PM Tony Blair, as his questioning about the Iraq war was too scary to expose the politicians to.
* The "IRA vs. Taliban" episode of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' was the only one of said show not aired in the United Kingdom. CharlieBrooker did get away with showing the intro and an abridged fight sequence on YouHaveBeenWatching, the final outcome of the fight being the question for his panellists. [[spoiler:Incidentally, the IRA wins this particular game of militant five-a-side with a well-placed car bomb.]]
** It was never officially banned, merely not shown out of sensitivity.
* Once again for issues relating to UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The High Ground" was left out of the original BBC broadcast of the show because of Data mentioning that Ireland was reunited in 2024 after a successful "terrorist" campaign, in the context of a story based around a FantasticRacism-based metaphorical version of Northern Ireland.
* The first BBC broadcast of the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Miri" led to protests over its allegedly over-horrific nature, and as a result it and three later episodes ("Plato's Stepchildren", "The Empath" and "Whom Gods Destroy") were suppressed from BBC broadcasts of the show until the 1990s due to being considered excessively violent and horrific. (Although the BBC was happy to broadcast much worse scenes on its own show ''Series/DoctorWho''.)
* Since the Jimmy Savile sex scandal in 2012, most of the memorials, organizations and archive footage featuring him have been removed, destroyed, or made unavailable to the general public.

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[[folder: Internet ]]

* The Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article for the Music/{{Scorpions}}' album "Virgin Killer" -- which featured a naked ten-year-old girl on the cover -- was blacklisted and blocked by the [[MoralGuardians Internet Watch Foundation]] in December 2008, since it was considered to be "potentially illegal" according to the Protection of Children Act 1978. After four days of blocking, this decision was reversed.
* In May 2012, the UK's High Court ordered [=ISP=]s to block The Pirate Bay. However, it is rather simple to get around.
* In 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron imposed infamous Internet filters that block out pornographic material. Or rather, what is detected to be pornographic--for instance, ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' came under a false alarm because [[http://www.dailydot.com/esports/uk-porn-filters-league-legends-blocked/ some of its files]] [[TheProblemWithPenIsland have "sex" in their filenames]]. Subverted, in that the filters aren't mandatory, they're simply opt-out; a phone call to the ISP is all it takes to regain access to the (more-)unfiltered Internet.

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[[folder: Multimedia ]]

* A law introduced in April 2010 was thought to be banning anything that had a child participating in or near to sexual acts, but it was eventually tightened up to specifically only target lolicon and other works specifically made to be porn. People with [=DVDs=] of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' or uncensored copies of ''Manga/DragonBall'' can breathe a sigh of relief.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* A modern-day UrbanLegend in the West Midlands says that music by Music/GirlsAloud is banned from a SchoolDisco at a school in Sandwell, West Midlands, for "Satanic influences on children" and "inducing nightmares in children". Whether it's censorship or not, well, no one can agree. There is doubt over the authenticity of the story, but it still circulates to this day, 6 years later.
* SplitEnz's ''Six Months In A Leaky Boat'' was censored by BBC Radio in 1982 due to UnfortunateImplications associated with the Falklands War. In fact, the song was about Captain Cook's voyages to New Zealand, and songwriter Tim Finn's grapple with depression.
* Many punk bands, particularly the Music/SexPistols, were refused radio play due to their then-shocking impact on the music scene or because they criticised the Queen in a song. The BBC effectively denied that The Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen" was the number one hit of 1977.
* During the Gulf War the BBC banned radio play of the song "Bloodsport for All" (a song about racism and bullying in the army) by Carter USM.
* BBC Radio banned Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood's song "Relax" on 13 January 1984, only for it to blow up in their face when "Relax" raced to #1 on the charts two weeks later, and proceeded to stay there for five weeks. The sheer embarrassment forced the BBC to back down.
* The BBC narrowly avoided doing the same with "Master and Servant" by DepecheMode in the same year, as the one staffer who was in favour of censorship was away on vacation on the day the other staffers voted against censoring it.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The BBFC refused to give a rating to ''{{Manhunt}} 2'', effectively banning the game since retailers require a rating to sell such items. This was the first such ban for a game in over a decade, and the courts eventually overturned the decision.
* The BBFC also (initially) refused classification to ''{{Carmageddon}}'' because it glamorized vehicular homicide (the player could run over human pedestrians). However, a censored version rated 18 was released with zombies as the targets instead of humans. Later, the BBFC reversed their earlier decision to refuse classification to the uncensored version, resulting in its release.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', but by accident; see the Internet category above.

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail #22 is an InUniverse example. A fan asks Strong Bad what he thinks of the English, and Strong Bad responds by making offensive comments against the British which get the email "banned in the UK."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The MickeyMouse cartoon ''Disney/TheMadDoctor (1933)'' was banned because of there were skeletons present, which represented “living undead” and fell under restrictions put in place after 1931 films like the original ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' and ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' were shown in United Kingdom cinemas.
* Back in 1934 the WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon ''"Red Hot Mama"'' was banned, because ''"its depiction of Hell was “unsuitable for public distribution in this country.”''
* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' which promoted Microsoft Windows 7 was once banned from airing on the BBC due to guidelines in its charter which banned all product placement. These were relaxed in February 2011.
* Very infamously, the Thatcher-era United Kingdom [[{{Bowdlerize}} censored]] the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' to make it "less violent." Mikey's nunchucks were digitally erased, and the word "ninja" was replaced with "hero" in the title. Laws have relaxed considerably since then, though, and the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 cartoon]] survived unchanged there.
** For some reason, the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movies]] also kept the original Ninja Turtles name, despite being released when the 1987 cartoon was still airing, but any scene with Michelangelo's nunchucks had to be cropped or blurred out, as the U.K. had (until 1999) a rule against showing weapons associated with ninjas (i.e., nunchucks, throwing stars, sais, and katanas).
* Canadian-esque children's cartoon, BroomstickCottage, first broadcast in 1990, had been refused from broadcast on British television, but even so, a lot of other countries saw it on TV, which is quite interesting...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "The Cartridge Family" was omitted from the Sky One broadcast because it showed a violent, town-wide soccer riot, addressed the issue of gun control (which is taboo in the UK), and contains scenes of characters irresponsibly using firearms (particularly the scene where Bart finds Homer's gun in the refrigerator and uses it to play William Tell with Milhouse). Channel 4 showed the episode, but [[spoiler: the end where Marge decides to keep the gun because of how good she looked with it]] was cut. Creator/TheBBC who previously had UK terrestrial rights for the show (on BBC Two between the years 1996 and 2002) were first to broadcast this episode in Britain, and aired it uncut and uncensored. When Sky One regained the broadcast rights for this episode in the mid-2000s, the episode was finally shown uncut and uncensored. The episode was available on a PAL VHS called "The Simpsons: TooHotForTV," which featured a lot of episodes considered too risque for British TV.
** Sky One also partially banned the episode "Weekend at Burnsie's" due to scenes of Homer being assaulted by animals (the crows pecking Homer in the eyes and the drug dog biting Homer in the crotch when he was a teenager) and, of course, the drug themes (Homer smoking marijuana for medical purposes). In contrast, Australia and America have aired the episode, but with higher ratings than normal (in Australia, this episode is rated M[[note]]which they also used for many latter-day ''Treehouse of Horror'' episodes due to violence and gore, for "There's Something About Marrying" for discussion and reference to homosexuality, and "Million Dollar Abie" for references to assisted suicide and animal abuse[[/note]] and in America, the rating is TV-14, though it did run with a TV-PG rating in syndication, even though it's not edited for content). Sky have since shown this episode on very few occasions, but only after 9:00 pm with no advertising.

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[[folder:The United States]]
Since about the 1960s-1970s, the [[AmericanCourts federal courts]] been fairly consistent in interpreting the First Amendment as, essentially, a blanket prohibition on banning anything that isn't kiddie porn[[note]]Which, by the way, means ''actual'' kiddie porn: not animated or drawn (Canadians take note) or includes an of-age actress whose breasts are too small for a judge's sensibilities (Australians take note).[[/note]] on the basis of its content. This means that when some piece of media is "banned" in the US, it usually means that whoever who owns the copyright has voluntarily ceased distributing it or that outlets like stores, theaters, or public libraries have refused to make it available to the public. The one exception is the Federal Communications Corporation, which supposedly has the right to censor over-the-air television and radio because they "own" the airwaves and license them to broadcasters. Even then, actual bannings are rare because networks generally avoid anything they think the FCC would find obscene (the actual rules are, in fact, not available to the public; the only way to know what there's a rule against is to break it).

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* FourKidsEntertainment withheld three episodes of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' in the US (and any country that imported their adaptation): the infamous Porygon episode (though, after what happened in Japan, this episode is pretty much wiped from existence in the eyes of the ''Pokemon'' franchise along with the tragically {{misblamed}} Porygon and its evolutions outside of the video games); "The Legend of Dratini", for excessive firearm use against a child; and "Beauty and the Beach," for scenes of James posing as a woman by using a pair of realistic, inflatable breasts (though that episode was shown only once or twice in America with parts cut).
* [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries The first Yu-Gi-Oh anime]] is an odd case. Fans commonly thought that it was skipped over by 4Kids for being too violent, but actually, it was because it was distributed by Toei rather than Studio Gallop- it was an entirely different series, and 4Kids would have had to license it separately if they'd wanted to show it, which wouldn't be worth it considering it's not part of the second show's continuity anyway. However, it did get a French dub.
* TheNineties english dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has a few episodes banned, many parts censored for nudity, violence, or [[HideYourGays mentions of lesbian relationships,]] and many bits of dialogue are changed to be more kid-friendly.

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[[folder: Eastern Animation ]]

* ''Animation/PororoTheLittlePenguin'' was thought to have been banned because some of the footage was animated by a North Korean animation company, but in fact there's a chance that it might make it to these United States after all, since it had been licensed before the embargo on North Korea was tightened in spring 2011, and the embargo allows for importation of products whose importation had been licensed before the tightened embargo. [[http://asiancorrespondent.com/58162/barack-obama-wants-to-kill-pororo/ See for yourself.]] Ironically, that doesn't stop Samsung from using Pororo in their Smart TV covers, even in the United States.[[note]]Of course they weren't. Firstly, the ban only applies to shows produced in North Korea after 2005. Furthermore, Pororo is a South Korean Production, meaning anything Pororo made in South Korea is still allowed into the US. And oh, Samsung is probably a sponsor of the show, given they also use The Pororo Dance music video as one of the clips on their demo [=DVD=]s and blu-rays[[/note]].

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Once Traci Lords' real age became known, all the films she'd made before her 18th birthday became child porn. This includes the notorious issue of ''Penthouse'' Magazine in which actress/singer/Miss America winner Vanessa Williams had a nude pictorial published (with Lords as the centerfold), which got her stripped of her title as Miss America.
** That also led to a key Supreme Court First Amendment case, ''[[http://supreme.justia.com/us/513/64/case.html United States v. X-Citement Video]]'', which is still known informally as the "Traci Lords case" even though she wasn't a party to it.
* Adrien Brody managed to temporarily block the US release of ''{{Giallo}}'' over a pay dispute. The matter has since been settled and the film was eventually released.
* ''Titicut Follies'', a documentary about a mental ward, was banned from public release for several decades because the state of Massachusetts thought the film infringed on the privacy of the patients in the film, though the real problem was that Wiseman showed how the state of Massachusetts treated the mentally ill in its care (suffice it to say, not well). It remains one of the most embarrassing moments in free speech in the US, but weirdly, the ban had a positive effect: the state of Massachusetts was forced to acknowledge people ''had'' a right to privacy on the state level.
* The Italian ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' [[FollowTheLeader rip-off]] ''Great White''/''Film/TheLastShark'' was pulled from theatrical release by Universal Pictures, who sued the distributors on the grounds that it copied ''Jaws'' [[SerialNumbersFiledOff so closely that it constituted plagiarism]]. As a result, it never got an official U.S. video release (though it can be imported).
* ''Don's Plum'' will ''never'' see the light of day in the United States due to a lawsuit filed by its stars, LeonardoDiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
* ''Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story'', the directorial debut of Todd Haynes, remains banned from official distribution for the foreseeable future (at the very least, until the copyright on the Music/{{Carpenters}}' music expires), after Richard Carpenter successfully obtained a legal injunction over the unauthorized usage of their music. The film depicts all of the characters, including the Carpenters, as Franchise/{{Barbie}} dolls, while Richard is depicted negatively in the movie. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Some say if Todd portrayed Richard more accurately, he probably would've been less likely to attract Richard's ire.]]
* ''SongOfTheSouth'' is not officially banned, but is rather more-or-less withheld by the Disney company for two reasons. First, while ostensibly set in the Reconstruction South, the film contains scenes of [[UnfortunateImplications happy African-American workers in the fields]] that suggest HappinessInSlavery; the narrator is an apparent house servant reading stories to children. Second and more importantly, the film is an anthology of ''UncleRemus'' stories. Apart from over-the-top dialect, the stories Disney chose were inoffensive...but the ''other'' Uncle Remus stories were hideously racist. As a result, the film hasn't been released in its entirety in the U.S. since 1986. The film has been released uncut, on video, in Europe, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, and Mexico however.
** The film's iconic song, ''Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,'' is occasionally released on its own, was a part of the ''Disney Sing-A-Long'' video collection in the days of VHS tapes, became somewhat of a Disney anthem after Splash Mountain (a ride based on the ''Brer Rabbit'' shorts from the movie), and the song even made it into the Disney play, "Alice in Wonderland Jr."
** The ban was parodied in ''Saturday Night Live'''s TV Funhouse sketch "The Disney Vault", with a secret version that was ''more'' racist.
* The film debut of Bette Midler, ''The Thorn'', was pulled three times by Midler, who threatened legal action against each release because she thought the film was misappropriating her in its promotion. [[RuleOfThree Once days after its premiere, once on an attempted re-release in 1980, and once to thwart its intended home video debut from Magnum Entertainment in 1984.]] Even a re-title from ''The Divine Mr. J'' (attempted for said home video release) wasn't enough to save it from damnation to obscurity for the foreseeable future at the time.
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' was banned back in the 1920s following legal action from the Creator/BramStoker estate, and all prints were destroyed except for a few lucky prints smuggled to safety by collectors. After ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' fell into the public domain, the film was distributed widely, possibly for the first time ever.
* ''TheTinDrum'' was banned for a short time in Oklahoma County due to being considered obscene. Naturally, this only increased interest in the film until the ban was ordered lifted via an injunction.
* A broad obscenity sting in Orange County, Florida, managed to claim ''Film/PinkFlamingos'', among other films.
* The ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' film went unreleased in the US for several years after its 2000 release. The owners of the film wanted a wide release on the scale of ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', something no American distributor was prepared to offer given the plot and content of the film. A limited release finally appeared in 2011, followed soon after by a home media release.
* A lot of pre-Code films were banned by the Catholic Legion of Decency and the Motion Picture Association of America between 1934 and 1968, including the first film adaptation of ''TheMalteseFalcon''. They were only unbanned after the ratings system supported by then-MPAA leader Jack Valenti came into place, though it would be years before they ever got released Stateside again, mainly due to practicality issues.
* After the furor over ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', the MPAA started banning horror movies by slapping X ratings left and right, with extreme prejudice. This is part of the reason why the X rating was eventually replaced; the '80s saw an unprecedented spike in X-rated movies because of ''Friday the 13th'', and though ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'' and ''Film/AngelHeart'' were released in their X-rated versions when first released on home video, many still remain unreleased in their uncut versions to this day, and only in later years have the X-rated versions of some of these movies even appeared on home video at all. In fact, a lot of X-rated and NC-17-rated movies even today can be considered this due to the problems involved in even booking them for theatrical runs and only get released uncut on home video, though even then there are some problems (for example, shortly after the NC-17 rating came to be, Valenti accused Blockbuster of attempting to cause a Chilling Effect against the aforementioned ratings system over the NC-17 rating).
* ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour'' can't be screened at cinemas which sell alcohol in Idaho due to local laws (see [[http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/blue-is-the-warmest-color-banned-in-boise/Content?oid=2995506 here]] for more informations).
* For a time until 1996, Epic Productions could not market its library in the United States due to a gag order issued by Credit Lyonnais. [[http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9702023693/epic-library-open-business You'll have to go to your local library with a valid library card to learn the whole story, though.]]
* Until the early 1960s many films where white and black Americans shared screen time, or where one black actor was seen were subject to censorship in the American South. They were usually shown uncut in the rest of the country. Examples are:
** The scene in Film/TheLittleColonel (1935) where Creator/ShirleyTemple dances with her black butler Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on the stairs was cut.
** Lena Horne's singing "Stormy Weather" (1943) was cut during screenings in the American South.

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[[folder: Foodstuff ]]

* Alcoholic beverages during TheRoaringTwenties.
* The Kinder Surprise Eggs are famous for being banned in the United States, due to a law from the late 1930's that forbid non nutritional content in foods. Averted in March 2013 with the release of a similar product called Choco Treasure Eggs.
* The Wonderball, a similar product produced in the United States (only with stickers instead of actual toys) ran afoul of the same law.
* 4 Loko, in its original formulation, due to the combination of alcohol and caffiene. It has since been reinstated, once 4 Loko's makers reduced the amount of caffeine.
* The FDA has earned the ire of dairy lovers across America on account of its insistence that milk be pasteurized even for such things as the production of cheeses and yogurt. Proponents of raw milk argue that raw milk tastes better and is better for you, and that dairy products made from the stuff aren't even dangerous. The FDA doesn't comment on taste, but argues that the risk to public health is great enough to continue the requirement.
** We should note that there is a fine demonstration of federalism here: twenty-eight states do not ban raw milk sales, but the Feds ban the transportation of raw milk and raw milk products across state lines, meaning that you have to live in the state where the farmer is in order to sample the raw product. This is classic application of the Commerce Clause.
* British (and some other European countries') beef is banned in the USA because the FDA (the regulatory agency overseeing beef in the marketplace) still has grave concerns over the risk of "Mad Cow" disease. American beef producers have a stringent set of guidelines they need to follow, so their beef is fine for consumption. It is assumed that the same can be said for all North American beef production, because it has direct relevance to blood donation standards in the United States. Canadians and Mexicans are allowed to donate blood, but anyone who lived in Europe (including Great Britain) for a year or more is not allowed to donate blood. This is directly related to beef production standards there that aren't considered as stringent (by the American Red Cross, which sets the blood donation standards in the U.S.) as those in North America.
** For similar reasons as European beef, Japanese beef cannot be imported into the US. This means any "Kobe" beef you buy in the United States is actually "Kobe-style". It's from the same breed of cow, but it's not from Kobe, Japan.
* There's an UrbanLegend that Vegemite is banned. It's debunked by Snopes [[http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/vegemite.asp here]].
* Many fine chocolates from Europe are not allowed to be exported into the United States without relabeling because they are technically not chocolate due to the FDA's incredibly strict definition of chocolate.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* The sale and importation of lawn darts in the United States has been banned since 1988 due to children being injured or killed.
* Magnetic toys have been subject to bans and recalls in the United States due to choking hazards. Magnetix toys have been recalled in 2006, and Buckyballs (little magnetic balls that can be molded into larger shapes) have been recalled in 2012.
* When ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' was released, Burger King sold Pokemon toys in their kids' meals that came in plastic Pokeballs. After hearing a report that an unsupervised infant suffocated on one of the Pokeball halves, the Pokeballs were recalled, complete with a mass campaign that included [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31O33zX3DBg television ads]] encouraging parents to dispose of the Pokeball toys or return them to Burger King restaurants.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Quite a large quantity of literature was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banned_in_boston banned in the town of Boston]] between the mid-1800s and the mid-1900s. ''Literature/NakedLunch'' was the last major work to get its ban removed. And it didn't just stop at truly racy material, either; see the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' example below for some TruthInTelevision.
* Similar to the case of Kubrick and ''A Clockwork Orange'', Creator/StephenKing has chosen to forbid reprints of his novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_(Stephen_King_novel) Rage]]'' - it depicts a teenaged gunman menacing a high school and King was horrified when an actual school shooter was found with the novel in his possession.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Daniel Handler was hoping for some of this, and was disappointed in how little it happened. His one real "victory" was that the books were banned from a school in Georgia due to Olaf's plan to marry his distant relative Violet in book one, to which he responded "I'm at a loss as to how to write a villain who doesn't do villainous things."

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* One episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' in-universe featured the protagonists attempting to get their hands on ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'', a film so racy that it was banned in Boston. The movie itself was disappointing: the MoralGuardians had overreacted and the most inappropriate part of the film was a character saying the word "virgin".[[note]] ''The Moon is Blue'' was the first mainstream film since the enactment of the Hays Code to use the word "virgin", as well as the words "seduce", "mistress" (in a sexual context), and "pregnant"; it was, however, less the language and more the characters' casual attitude toward sexual topics which roused the ire of the censors. The "virgin" thing is probably also a reference to an instance much earlier in ''M*A*S*H''[='s=] run when the CBS censors wouldn't let them say the word "virgin".[[/note]] Of course, they ''had'' been warned by the Boston native Major Winchester, who pointed out that [[ShownTheirWork Boston would ban]] ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* Utah's NBC affiliate KSL-TV is owned by Bonneville International, a company controlled by the [[{{UsefulNotes/Mormonism}} LDS Church]]. As such, the station has a history of being run by MoralGuardians who pull programs which they feel may be too offensive; these shows usually get picked up by the local CW affiliate instead (who also picks up preempted NBC programming during the biannual LDS General Conference, which gets a NewsMonopoly on any LDS-affiliated broadcast outlet; the LDS Church also operates non-commercial TV and radio stations in Utah through Brigham Young University).
** When it was with CBS, KSL pulled ''PicketFences'' after an episode involving a Mormon who still believed in polygamy, despite it being disavowed by the church in 1890. Polygamy is a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism_and_polygamy very controversial]]'' issue in the Mormon faith.
** It also never aired ''SaturdayNightLive'' for the majority of its time with NBC, but not because of objectionable content; it elected to keep its popular, long-running sportscast ''[=SportsBeat Saturday=]'' (a holdover from its days with CBS). SNL aired on the local CW affiliate instead, whose manager [[http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/489411-_SNL_on_The_CW_It_s_Normal_in_Salt_Lake.php proudly enjoyed the coup]].
** Quite a few of the NBC shows KSL has censored ended up getting cancelled; it refused to air NBC's late-night poker programming (cancelled after their sponsors got shut down by the government), ''{{Series/Coupling}}'' (cancelled after four episodes after poor viewership and reviews. It also got censored by WNDU, then owned by Notre Dame University), ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' (cancelled after three episodes after poor reviews, making it the quickest cancellation in KSL history. They did not want to associate itself with {{Magazine/Playboy}} since it runs an education campaign against porn addiction).
*** KSL also refused to air ''TheNewNormal'', which featured two men in a relationship trying for a surrogate child, stating that "[its] dialogue might be [[RefugeInVulgarity excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit]] or the [[AcceptableTargets characterizations might seem offensive.]]" Notably, its the first primetime show KSL pulled that didn't get cancelled... [[SecondSeasonDownfall after 4 episodes]], anyway. Subsequently inspired a petition against the station to air the show, with many accusing them of homophobia by refusing to air it (The LDS has a well-known bias against gay people, they were the ones who instituted the anti-gay policies for the Boy Scouts).
** After four episodes, they pulled ''{{Series/Hannibal}}'' "due to the extensive graphic nature of this show", making it (for real this time) the first NBC primetime program censored by KSL to make it through a season and get renewed (it got replaced by a newsmagazine program). [[http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57593213-223/hannibal-ksl-fuller-viewers.html.csp Executive producer Scott D. Pierce doesn't like this]], going as far as comparing KSL to a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravda Soviet propaganda newspaper]].
** As KSL got back one NBC fixture, out went another. In September 2013, they punted ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' to the late-night hours for no apparent reason. While yes, its true that daytime soaps are an endangered species, the show's storyline was starting to involve gay relationships.
** Despite their conservatism, they've still aired ''WillAndGrace'', ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', and ''The Book of Daniel''; the last of which got censored for similar reasons by a number of stations in the "Bible Belt" of the South. ([[AggressiveCategorism Christianity isn't that common in Utah]]).
* Another station known for refusing to air certain shows is WRAZ-TV, a Creator/{{Fox}} affiliate which covers the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina. It's more or less run by MoralGuardians who are very hostile towards programming they consider to be "anti-family", so reality shows like ''TemptationIsland'', ''Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire'', ''Married In America'', ''Osbournes Reloaded'', and ''Who's Your Daddy?'' were either heavily pre-empted or not aired at all. Much like KSL's curse, most of these shows (aside from ''Temptation Island'') got cancelled pretty quickly.
* It was found out that PBS refused to screen two documentaries [[note]]Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, and Citizen Koch[[/note]], centered around the controversial Koch Brothers since they were the biggest funding source of the channel. The discovery set the various social media sites ablaze. Also, Creator/StephenColbert had a field day with the controversy on Series/TheColbertReport.
* WSET in Virginia pulled an episode of ''OnceAndAgain'' that contained a lesbian kiss, and replaced it with an infomercial. The station provided no official explanation, but a few critics did react to the decision.
* In-universe example from ''Series/ThirtyRock'': "Liz, do you know how hard it was growing up gay in Methenberg, Pennsylvania? The local TV station edited ''WillAndGrace'' down so much that it was just called ''Karen''."
* A ''Masterpiece Theatre'' serial, titled "Private Schulz", is banned because trying to make the Nazi-run extermination camps funny is ''[[DudeNotFunny not]]'' funny. And yet, ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', another dramedy set in the extermination camps, was released in theatres and on video and is even shown on television from time to time.
* The controversial docudrama ''The Path to 9/11'' is not officially banned, but it might as well be. Created to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the TV film was attacked by left-wing pundits and politicians for allegedly blaming the attacks wholly on the Clinton administration (defenders of the film argue it trashes Clinton and Bush equally). In the end, Disney bowed to political pressure and aired the film only once (with edits) before shelving it indefinitely. A documentary about the incident, ''Blocking the Path to 9/11'', was released two years later, but the original movie is now resting in the Disney archives next to ''Song of the South''.
* Mississippi's PBS station banned ''Series/SesameStreet'' for a month in 1970 due to its integrated cast.

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* Thanks to an explicit constitutional ban on censorship, the only out and out "bans" of works in the United States seem to be [[PedoHunt because of sexual material involving some under the age of 18]]. Then there's intellectual property; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal to distribute material with its DRM removed, or tell people how to remove DRM, or tell people how to find sites telling you how to remove DRM. It also gives a safe harbor to "online service providers" that protects them from liability for the inadvertent copyright infringing actions of its users, as long as they take down content as requested by its owners, hence all the takedown notices.
** As of this writing in 2010, the states of Louisiana and Georgia ban sexually explicit material. However, even this restriction may not be constitutional, since ''Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition'' in 2002 ruled that even simulated child porn doesn't count as obscene as long as there's no actual child being harmed. That said, a lot of sexually explicit games are voluntarily not imported, and if they are brought to the U.S. they're likely to get an Adults Only rating, preventing them from being stocked at major retailers like Wal-Mart (there have been a number of more general bans, particularly on video games, but they tend to rapidly get declared unconstitutional). The Protect Act of 2003 seems to have banned it again, though mere child nudity is not enough; to truly be illegal, simulated child porn has to be declared legally obscene.
* The Church of Scientology has been especially active in employing this avenue of silencing its critics, if the decade-long debacle over ''The Profit'' (which started with the Church obtaining an injunction against the film over fears of the film prejudicing the jury pool in the Lisa [=McPherson=] wrongful death suit against the Church and continues today due to a legal dispute with one of the film's producers) is any indication. Such battles have the intention of creating what is called a Chilling Effect, or willing self-censorship in regards to a particular medium. It has been somewhat successful as well.

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* All of the music videos by Australian grindcore band The Berzerker were banned (or simply unaired) by {{MTV}} due to their horrific and possibly seizure-inducing imagery. Several other countries have banned their videos as well.
* TheKinks were banned from performing in America from 1965 to 1969 because their concerts got too rowdy. Many, including TheKinks themselves, believe this ban actually stemmed from a dispute the band was having with the American Federation of Musicians at that time.
* SkinnyPuppy's "Worlock" video was banned from broadcast and commercial distribution due to its unauthorized use of deleted [[{{Gorn}} gory]] footage from various horror films.

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* No history of {{Pinball}} would be complete without mentioning the bans many municipalities imposed on {{Pinball}} machines in the first half of the 20th century. New York was first, blaming pinball as [[NewMediaAreEvil a form of gambling that led to delinquency.]] The ban stood for over thirty years; it ended when Creator/RogerSharpe testified in 1976 that pinball was actually a game of skill, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome demonstrating his point by playing pinball in the courtroom, ending with him launching a ball exactly where he said he'd send it.]]

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* While stage censorship in New York during the earlier 20th century was never as strict as UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, a law was passed banning plays about "sex degeneracy or sex perversion." Affected dramas included Creator/MaeWest's ''The Drag'' and ''The Pleasure Man''.

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* Nintendo of America is well known for its extreme use of censorship. They could go far with that, which is one of the reasons why the SNES version of SocksTheCatRocksTheHill, a video game featuring political satire, was witheld from its North American release. Also why the first Clock Tower game didn't make it into the US.
* The arcade game ''Sonic Blast Man'' was pulled from several arcades after a [[http://classaction.findlaw.com/recall/cpsc/files/1996apr/96112.html class action lawsuit]] due to several cases of children injuring themselves. Admittedly the "Physically punch the pad as hard as you can to score points" gameplay probably could have used a rethink (Can anyone imagine some kid ''not'' trying to score big by just running at it full steam?) The irony was that the game was never meant for kids, the height of the pad and the machine combined meant that only a teen or older could reach the pad.
* The PS2 and Wii versions of ''{{Manhunt}} 2'' temporarily suffered from this, due to being given the forbidden AO rating from the ESRB, until they were censored enough for an M rating. The PC version was released uncut.
* The Guy Game was an M/AO triva game where if the player got the answer right the on screen girl would take off her top. Problem was that later one of the models lied about her age and was actually 17 at the time of the the shots. So the game is technically child porngrarphy, and all copies were taken off the shelf and destroyed at no real lost.

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* A lot of [[GoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]] cartoons from Warner Bros., Disney, and MGM have been banned from airing due to racist depictions of minority groups (particularly black people, Mexicans, Jewish people, Chinese, and Japanese), sexism (mostly in the form of showing women as objects of lust), or anything that now causes ValuesDissonance (most notably their {{wartime cartoon}}s). Warner Bros. even has a collection of cartoons called the CensoredEleven, which have been banned from ''ever'' airing on TV since 1968, due to pervasive black stereotyping (though most, if not all, of them have received unofficial home video releases, particularly those for which the previous copyright holders didn't bother renewing the copyright). Most of the cartoons that have been banned are available on bootleg and legitimate DVD releases [[note]](the ones on legitimate DVD releases do usually (but not always) have warnings stating that the cartoons were made back when the Hays Office only cared about erasing anything deemed sexual or rude and didn't care much about what people would think about the racism and sexism -- and the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII cartoons were just made to rally the country into fighting, and the best way to do that in any country is to demonize anyone who could be a threat to the country's way of life)[[/note]] and online.
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* Under Hugo Chavez Administration, whenever there is a series that depicts something that the government doesn't like was quickly excised or forbidden to rebroadcast on open air networks. The most noticeable case was the Colombian soap opera ''Chepe Fortuna'', because or a subplot concerning two middle-aged sisters, [[SiblingRivalry Colombia and Venezuela]]. Colombia is an [[PuritySue industrious, honest, long suffering lady]], while Venezuela is a FatBastard of a woman who believes herself to be gorgeous, constantly gets into ill-fated {{Get Rich Quick Scheme}}s and has an excessive love for her [[MisterMuffykins tiny doggie]] [[RefugeInAudacity named Hugo]]. All of this PlayedForLaughs (and it was ActuallyPrettyFunny). Because the Chavez government got very offended for what they perceived was the mocking of the country sovereignty, the thing didn't got a full week on air, and made the already fragile relationship between the countries even worse.

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* All video games that include any killer violence had been banned since 2010. Averted with the sequel to ''{{Mercenaries}}'', even though it came under fire from the Venezuelan government, which apparently considered it a propaganda piece directed against the Hugo Chavez administration.
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* Happened to ''The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'', though the decision was ultimately made by Sony's international distribution company, who protested against Vietnam's censors cutting out the nude scenes.
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