Stories about East Asia

22 June 2020

Timor-Leste plans to restore criminal defamation law amid concerns about its free speech impact

"This draft law threatens everyone, particularly vulnerable people without political connections or financial resources. "

10 June 2020

Censorship tactics overshadow Vietnam's successful COVID-19 response

Dinh Thi Thu Thuy faces from five to 12 years in jail if she is convicted for disseminating critical Facebook posts.

18 May 2020

A glimpse at Thailand's digital ID through the biometric profiling of Malay Muslims

"The discriminatory nature of these measures could amount to racial profiling, which subjects Malay Muslims to disproportionate and unnecessary surveillance based on ethnic prejudice rather than objective signs of suspicion."

7 May 2020

Taiwan refuses to deport caregiver who ‘insulted’ Philippine president on Facebook

"I felt that they listened to what I was trying to say, and it shows that they do value democracy here in Taiwan."

29 April 2020

To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, a call to end the war and internet shutdown in Arakan region

"During the global pandemic, we need to stop the war and internet shutdown to fight COVID-19 in Rakhine."

17 April 2020

Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region

15 April 2020

Malaysia orders ‘stern action’ against media misreporting government statements on COVID-19

"Resorting to censorship, especially in its extreme form, in a time of crisis reflects the insecurity of the government of the day."

10 April 2020

Online journalist detained for quoting Cambodian prime minister’s advice on COVID-19

"The Covid-19 crisis must not be used as pretext for getting rid of journalists who do not blindly toe the government line."

6 April 2020

Blocked websites, internet shutdown, and media arrests undermine free speech in Myanmar

Activist and human rights groups are worried that free speech is being undermined in the name of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

25 March 2020

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

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