Chinese authorities have shut down the country's most prominent independent film festival for the first time in its 11-year history, raising concerns about a wide-ranging government crackdown on freedom of speech and civil society. The Beijing independent film festival, one of China's leading platforms for the distribution of independent films, has suffered official interference nearly every year since its inception. In previous years, the organisers have simply changed venues or replaced large public events with smaller screenings in private homes. (The Guardian). Read more.