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Former prime minister Najib Razak greets supporters as he leaves the courthouse after being charged, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 December 2018, MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

Mariam Nazar and Ramieza Wahid were assaulted as they covered a talk by former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Soldiers patrol on a street next to posters welcoming Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad, Pakistan, 17 February 2019, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Five prominent journalists are accused of posting social media messages that disrespected the Saudi crown prince.

Pakistani civil society activists take part in a rally for women's rights on International Women's Day in Lahore, 8 March 2019, ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

International Women’s day was celebrated across the Asia-Pacific region but women’s groups were harassed in Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Thai media faced tremendous challenges ahead of the elections, and a new report revealed unabated media killings in Afghanistan.

Tolo News reporters work in the newsroom at Tolo TV station in Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 September 2018, WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

The Afghanistan Journalists Center recorded a total of 92 cases of violence against journalists in the past year.

Blogger Truong Duy Nhat (C) stands trial at a local People's Court in the central city of Da Nang, Vietnam, 4 March 2014, Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Truong Duy Nhat’s family has confirmed that he is being held in Hanoi’s T16 prison.

A woman walks past an electoral poster of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party and Prime Minister candidate in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 February 2019, Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Human Rights Watch warns that structural flaws subvert election in Thailand.

Young women on their cellphones in Surakarta, Indonesia, 17 July 2016, Solo Imaji / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Saidah Saleh Syamlan was sentenced to 10 months in jail in Indonesia for allegedly sending defamatory WhatsApp messages.

Maldives journalists protest the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed at the opening of a regional seminar on the safety of journalists in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 4 December 2017, ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

A new presidential commission in Maldives is investigating the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla and the murder of Yameen Rasheed.

Indonesian street punk musicians play by sidewalk food stalls in Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 June 2010, ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images

Index on Censorship urges that proposed legislation that would restrict artistic freedom be discarded.

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wearing masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, listen to Modi during a public rally in Shillong, 16 December 2017, BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images

Two Shillong Times journalists were found guilty of contempt for writing about a court directive on benefits for retired judges.

Two women shelter from the rain under an umbrella at the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu, 23 August 2018, ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images

Namgay Zam was appointed this week as the executive director of the Journalists Association of Bhutan. She talks with about the role of women leaders in media.

A placard in support of jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang (R) and 'cyber-dissident' Huang Qi (L) is seen during a protest in Hong Kong, 29 January 2019, ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images

Among those recently detained are lawyers, university professors, prominent scholars, and students from China’s top universities.

Indonesian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day in Bandung, Indonesia, 3 May 2016, Jefta Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

A new book features 50 stories penned by Indonesian women journalists.

A banana plant with the hills around Mt. Zwegabin in the distance, Kayin State, Burma, 21 December 2017, Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two journalists were attacked over their reports on the environmental and social impact of the Tha Khin Sit Mining Company’s banana plantation operations in Burma.

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa (C) gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila, 14 February 2019, NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Our Asia-Pacific editor Mong Palatino looks back at a busy month for freedom of expression in the Asia-Pacific region.

Political activist Jolovan Wham (2nd R) arrives at the State court in Singapore, 3 January 2019, ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Jolovan Wham was sentenced to 16 days in prison for organizing a Skype talk with a Hong Kong youth activist.