Stories about South-Asia

2 August 2018

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

25 July 2018

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

13 July 2018

In India, regulators are deciding the fate of sensitive data behind closed doors

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy of Indian citizens is a fundamental right -- how will that affect the country's national ID system?

11 July 2018

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

28 June 2018

With Elections Approaching, Pakistani Journalists and Activists Face Rising Risk of Assault, Abduction

This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.

15 June 2018

Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead

"It is virtually impossible to know who are our enemies and who are our friends."

1 June 2018

Videos allege Indian media houses promised to favor Hindu nationalism in exchange for cash

The videos come amid a rapid rise of "fake news" websites in India that seem intended to promote religious and communal tension.

10 May 2018

Billions served? Human rights in the Facebook era

Tracking hate speech, harassment, and political censorship on the world’s largest social network

3 May 2018

Netizen Report: In Afghanistan and Pakistan, journalists honor slain colleagues on World Press Freedom Day

We dedicate this edition to journalists who have been threatened or killed this year, in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018.

1 May 2018

Media censorship surrounds the Pashtun rights movement in Pakistan

"There was complete media blackout. But journalists were there [to] tell the story [through] social media. Self censorship sign of oppression"