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.
Around 30 journalists and citizen-journalists have been summoned, questioned or arrested in the past few weeks.
Following a failed appeal in February against their terrorism-related convictions, cartoonist Musa Kart and 5 administrative staff were sent back to prison.
The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.
Authorities in Benin arrested Casimir Kpédjo, editor of newspaper Nouvelle Economie, from his home in Cotonou over an article on Benin’s debt.
20 expert organizations urge the government to guarantee freedom of expression in the Constitution.
Ali Mahmoud Othman’s family was recently told he died in detention and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body.