Stories about South-Asia

18 December 2017

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

14 November 2017

In India, Class and Gender Inequities Impede Justice for Sexual Harassment Victims

"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."

9 November 2017

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

30 September 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

15 September 2017

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

14 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

Gauri Lankesh, a Journalist Who Was Critical of India's Right Wing, Is Gunned Down Outside Her Home

"In fact, this is an assassination on democracy. In her passing, Karnataka has lost a strong progressive voice..."

31 August 2017

India’s Latest Internet Shutdown Hits Haryana and Punjab

According to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Law Centre, India has seen 106 internet shutdowns since 2012.