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Velusami Raju, father of the Zion Church suicide blast victim Ramesh Raju, shows a photo of his son on a mobile phone at his house, in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka, 26 April 2019, LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

Opinions about media restrictions after bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, massive protests against Hong Kong’s extradition law, defamation and criminal charges for critics of Myanmar’s military, Singapore’s ‘Orwellian’ anti-fake news bill, and Brunei’s controversial Sharia Law takes effect.

A man peruses shelves of books at the annual Colombo Book Fair in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 September 2009, Ishara S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Writer Shaktika Sathkumara was arrested by the police for a ‘disrespectful’ short story.

A pedestrian walks past a billboard advertising a local film in the suburb of Nugegoda in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 6 May 2007, SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images

Extremists and politicians targeted a novel, radio drama and stage play for alleged blasphemy.

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa (L) listens as Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents the 2017 budget to the parliament in Colombo, 10 November 2016, ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Politicians allied with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa publicly criticized journalists Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wamanan for helping the New York Times investigate Rajapaksa’s financial transactions.

Over 30 NGOs have asked Manchester’s mayor to support calls for the release of Ahmed Mansoor, by naming a local street after the jailed human rights defender.

An Indian photojournalist lights a candle during a vigil for ten Afghan journalists who were killed in a targeted suicide bombing and on the eve of World Press Freedom Day in Kolkata, 2 May 2018, DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images

The report documents the state of press freedom across South Asia.

The South Korean Workers confederation holds a women's day event highlighting the #MeToo Campaign at Gwanghwamoon Square in Seoul, 8 March 2018, Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Regional round-up: Some backlashes against marches by women’s groups across Asia-Pacific, a surge in social media censorship in China, Sri Lanka’s state of emergency, journalist killings in India, and passage of repressive laws are highlighted.

Council of Europe Headquarters, Strasbourg, France, Creative Commons

Nearly 100 rights groups asked the Council of Europe to engage civil society in their negotiation of a second cybercrime convention protocol, which is aimed at setting the terms for data access by law enforcement to servers outside their geographic authority.