Stories about East Asia

Chinese netizens identify the Weibo supervisor system as a source of arbitrary censorship

Each Weibo supervisor filed an average of 4,472 censorship reports in July 2021. The top performer would have to file 700 complaints per day and 70 reports per hour.

Facebook user gets 18 months in prison for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

"This verdict is a message that makes those who have constructive ideas or criticisms in relation to social issues be fearful and hesitant and will limit their freedom of expression."

The evil of banal censorship

Images of peaceful protesters do not fit the narrative that continues to portray the protesters as violent, irrational and emotional.

Journalists call for the release of Cheng Lei who has spent a year in detention in China

"We are concerned about the chilling affect her arrest has on the practice of journalism, which has never been more critical."

‘I demand 100 percent freedom’ — Hong Kong political artist leaves for Taiwan citing crackdown

Wong sought to push the boundaries of art as a means of political dissent on the streets and was a regular attendee at the annual July 1 pro-democracy rallies.

Hong Kong will pass a tough anti-doxxing law that may curb freedom of information

The internet sector has expressed concerns about the vague definition of doxxing, the extension of criminal liability to tech companies and their employees and the extraterritorial implications of the amendment.

Twitter Japan appears to suspend government critics

Twitter Japan typically provides no explanation for the bans, or why accounts are restored.

Released journalists share prison experiences in Myanmar

"Without letting me sleep, they interrogated me for three days. I requested water, which they allowed me only on the third day. I had food only on the fourth day."

Malaysian artists and activists face probe over a short film depicting police brutality

"These ongoing harassments against activists, journalists, and artists attempt to silence our voice and deflect the public pressure on the prevalent cases of custodial death in the past few months."

What has Hong Kong lost one year after the National Security Law was enacted?

Hongkongers have lost the right to attend public protests and assemblies;  Apple Daily, Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy publication has been shut down; and numerous civic groups have been dissolved. 

Hong Kong digital news outlet Stand News removes articles and suspends subscriptions following Apple Daily closure

Pro-democracy digital news outlet Stand News has announced it will remove opinion articles it published before May and stop accepting donations to reduce risks under the national security law.

Myanmar journalists endure attacks for reporting the coup

"We're all just waiting for the knock on the door. Sometimes you hear footsteps on the stairs, it's like they're coming for you: you have this feeling all the time."

Security police interventions force closure of Apple Daily, Hong Kong's 26-year-old pro-democracy news outlet

In its inaugural editorial, Apple Daily had stated: "Are we not afraid of the changes 1997 could bring about? We are, but we are not willing to be daunted by...

Pro-democracy Apple Daily continues its operations despite raid, seizures and arrests

Among the five senior executives arrested, two were officially charged with with conspiracy to collude with external elements on June 18

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."

Hong Kong to toughen up privacy law against doxxing

If the law passes, will the Privacy Commissioner implement the law fairly, taking against doxxing regardless of the victims' (real or perceived) political affiliations?

Two Malaysian artists face police probe for online commentary and artwork

"The persecution of artists such as Zunar and Fahmi stifles creative expression, chills public discourse, and undermines trust in Malaysian authorities."

Singapore bloggers crowdfund defamation damages due to PM Lee Hsien Loong

"The contribution to the crowdfunding movement is an example of targeted resistance against the government's financially based persecution method against individuals."

Journalist becomes first person convicted over 2019 mob attack that injured dozens of Hongkongers

Bao Choy was found guilty of violating the city's Road and Traffic Ordinance by "making false statements" while searching public records of license plates as she investigated the mob attack.

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp wants to ‘get rid of’ pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily

The call for a purge of Hong Kong's critical press comes as Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.

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