Stories about East Asia

17 October 2018

Hong Kong Free Expression Week features Umbrella Movement activists and political cartoonist Badiucao

In recent years, Hong Kongers who support democratic rights and territorial independence have faced fierce repression.

7 September 2018

As China faces record-breaking flood levels, authorities arrest two women for spreading ‘rumors’ of health risks

"If they could react to the floods as effectively [as they do to the 'rumors'], that would be great."

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

3 September 2018

Myanmar sentences Reuters journalists to 7 years in prison

The case has attracted outrage both internationally and inside Myanmar, with local activists and civil society organizations bravely speaking out against their arrest.

31 August 2018

‘Fake news’ is in the eye of the beholder: China is centralizing efforts to stop online ‘rumors’

In July 2018, Chinese state internet regulators received 6.7 million reports of illegal and false information.

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

21 August 2018

Facebook admits it has been slow in addressing hate speech in Myanmar

"The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate on Facebook."

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

3 August 2018

If Google goes back to China, it will be on the government's terms. What will that mean for human rights?

Google may be prepared to compromise human rights principles for the Chinese market. But it will still depend on the Chinese government to grant its entry.