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.
Writer Shaktika Sathkumara was arrested by the police for a ‘disrespectful’ short story.
Extremists and politicians targeted a novel, radio drama and stage play for alleged blasphemy.
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.
The report documents the state of press freedom across South Asia.
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.
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.