Our Asia-Pacific editor Mong Palatino looks back at a busy month for freedom of expression in the Asia-Pacific region.
Blogger King Faipopo is accused of defaming Samoa’s prime minister.
Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed at the UN, Thailand’s Twitter users supported the campaign of refugee seekers from Saudi and Bahrain, Pakistan held its first transgender pride march, and new cyber laws take effect in Vietnam and Fiji.
Pacific Freedom Forum has warned that Fiji’s Online Safety Act is designed to muzzle, not protect citizens.
Hong Kong’s free speech under attack, media restrictions at APEC summit, Rappler indicted, Shahidul Alam freed on bail, Pakistan court overturns blasphemy conviction, and disappointing referendum loss for same-sex marriage advocates in Taiwan.
The Papua New Guinea government has banned a film documenting the struggle at Paga Hill settlement.
Protests take place in Burma, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and West Papua; new laws threaten online free expression in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Nepal; and same-sex relations decriminalized in India, as Hong Kong starts process of recognising same-sex spouses in visa proceedings.
Pakistan celebrates a court ruling which declared mobile service suspension as illegal, Cambodia’s constitutional amendments threaten free speech, Maldives extends the state of emergency, media attacks in Oceania, and creative protests from Thailand’s #WeWalk to China’s #MeToo campaign.