Stories about South-Asia

22 February 2019

Netizen Report: Both Bangladesh and South Korea are waging a ‘war on porn’ — and paving the way for political censorship

South Korea and Bangladesh are blocking porn and "obscene" content, Venezuela is blocking YouTube, and Uzbekistan has finally stopped blocking Facebook and VK.

14 February 2019

Netizen Report: Will India’s regional internet shutdowns ever end?

Internet shutdowns continue apace in India, Venezuela's opposition websites are under pressure and Uganda's social media tax is driving down internet use.

22 December 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladeshis see censorship on all sides as elections approach

Bangladesh is blocking websites, Sudanese telcos are blocking WhatsApp and Slack is kicking Iranians off the platform, even when they're not in Iran.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

8 October 2018

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

29 September 2018

Netizen Report: Bangladesh is set to replace its notorious internet law — but the new one looks even worse

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

28 September 2018

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

18 September 2018

Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience

"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."

7 September 2018

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

3 September 2018

Kashmiri journalist arrested after reporting on slain rebel, Burhan Wani

“By reporting on militant activity, Sultan is performing an important public service, not committing a crime.”

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