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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.

Police officers detain anti-government protesters during a rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 22 March 2019, REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev

Europe and Central Asia in March: A mass release of prisoners in Azerbaijan, a step towards justice for Ján Kuciak, the EU Copyright Directive, injustice in Chechnya, a new report on violence against women, protesters arrested in Kazakhstan, an EU Magnitsky Act and more….

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 projection on the facade of the city hall shows the portraits of murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 20 February 2019, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images

Cathal Sheerin, our Europe & Central Asia editor, reviews a month packed with challenges for freedom of expression in the region.

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.