Stories about South-Asia

27 April 2016

Xulhaz Mannan, an LGBT Activist in Bangladesh, Is the Latest Victim in a String of Brutal Killings

Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

6 April 2016

Maldives Media Crackdown Triggers Forced Newspaper Closure, Journalist Arrests

Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.

22 March 2016

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

"People stuck...in a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."

16 February 2016

Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Publisher and Shut Down Book Fair Booth for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

Bangladesh’s constitution enshrines the right to free expression, and atheists have the same rights as other citizens. But authorities have done little to stop attacks against those critical of religion.

A Pakistani Artist Remembers Sabeen Mahmud and her Valentine's Day Campaign

According to one of activist Sabeen Mahmud's killers, her '"un-Islamic" Valentine's Day rally was "the sin she eventually paid for."

9 February 2016

“A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere”: India Bans Differential Data Pricing

Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority bans differential data pricing and Facebook's large plans for Free Basics come to an end.

26 January 2016

Why I Went Into Exile: A Bangladeshi Blogger Tells His Story

"...[the assailants] want our keyboards, pens to stop...Now its the time to write even more...Otherwise the darkness will win, religious fundamentalism and extremism will win."

21 January 2016

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

14 January 2016

Printers Censor Another New York Times Article, Shedding Light on Pakistan's Stifled Speech Environment

"...this blank space in the newspaper speaks volumes about the conditions under which we live and write in Pakistan today."

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