Stories about East Asia

11 December 2018

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

30 November 2018

Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan

A significant volume of disinformation on Taiwan social media networks may be coming from “content farms” with China's Communist Party.

27 November 2018

How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

How far is Google willing to go to get the Chinese government's blessing?

Indonesian school teacher faces jail time for documenting sexual harassment

Public outrage forced the Attorney General's Office to suspend the jailing of the female teacher, who was sexually harassed by her boss.

6 November 2018

Political cartoonist Badiucao abruptly cancelled his Hong Kong exhibition — and then went silent

The event was seen by many as a test of the limits of free speech in Hong Kong.

Apple censors sensitive words from device-engraving service in Hong Kong and China

Banned words include the names of current and former Chinese state leaders and the phrase "Taiwan independence".

22 October 2018

Chinese artist Badiucao sends ‘Make Wall Great Again’ hats to Google, in protest of company's return to China

“I want [Google] to know it is a mistake to collaborate with China’s censorship. It is as shameful as Trump’s wall ... an invisible wall online — the great firewall.”

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."