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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 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.

A demonstration against China's mass detention of ethnic Uyghurs, outside the United Nations (UN) offices during China's Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland, 6 November 2018, FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

The UN is urged to investigate allegations that China is detaining up to one million Turkic Muslims.

A woman holds a sign that reads, 'All I Want For Christmas Is Democracy' as thousands of protesters march against Hungary's labour laws, in Budapest, 16 December 2018, Martyn Aim/Getty Images

Freedom House has recorded global declines in political rights and civil liberties for 13 consecutive years.

Protesters carry a banner with the portraits of Azerbaijani political prisoners during a demonstration for press freedom, in Berlin, Germany, 21 January 2015, Maurizio Gambarini/picture alliance via Getty Images

Good news from Azerbaijan, anti-LGBTI+ violence in Chechnya, an IFEX member on trial in Turkey, journalists targeted by protesters across Europe, dubious convictions in Tajikistan and Montenegro, demonstrators demand protection of independent press in Serbia and Hungary.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj attends a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee event in New York City, 25 June 2018, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Netflix

Netflix’s decision to comply with a censorship request from Saudi Arabia has renewed an ongoing debate about how international companies should respond to politically motivated censorship demands when operating in repressive countries.

Young women look at their smartphones, in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, 22 February 2018, Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

China’s social media crackdown, a surge in worrying defamation cases in Southeast Asia, press freedom violations during Bangladesh polls, encryption legislation in Australia, and transgender bill opposition in India.

A woman dressed as the French Republic national symbol 'La Marianne' walks on the Champs Elysee during a yellow vest protest, in Paris, France, 29 December 2018, Bruno Thevenin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Mass protests in France and Hungary, Russia wants its own Internet; state media attacks independent journalists across the region; Greek broadcaster points finger at government over bombing; investigation into shooting of Olivera Lakic stalls; black women 84% more likely to be targeted by online trolls than white women….