Stories about South-Asia

30 December 2016

Bangladesh Blocks 560 Porn Sites

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, where many people have expressed concerns about the spread and consumption of online pornography. But it is also a democracy.

7 October 2016

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards

Collecting massive amounts of personal and biometric data opens up thorny issues around security and surveillance. As the database is built up, who will gain access to it?

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

5 September 2016

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

28 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

25 August 2016

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

22 August 2016

In India, a Nationalistic ‘Witch Hunt’ Targets Journalists Who Exposed #BabyLift Trafficking Operation

According to its constitution, India is a secular republic with freedom of expression, but it also prohibits anything that hurts religious or ethnic sensitivities.

5 August 2016

Bangladesh Shuts Down the Internet, Then Orders Blocking of 35 News Websites

“As part of the ongoing exercise, all sorts of Internet connections will be suspended for a short period anytime at any place in the country.”

9 June 2016

No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video

Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.

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