Freedom of expression

  • Nepal: Journalist abducted and mained
    April 18, 2011

    On 15 November 2010, Sushil Dhungana, publisher of Ghodaghodi Sandesh weekly, was abducted by five persons on motorcycles from Naya Bazar of Sadhepani while returning to Sukkhad from Sadhepani and taken to jungle. “You have become a big journalist. Now you will enjoy,” Dhungel quoted the men as saying before thrashing him and slicing his fingers. He had published news on Sunday highlighting the increasing smuggling and corruption in the district.
    Sushil had published an article on 14 November 2010 entitled “Smuggling and Commission Seeking Up”, highlighting the increasing smuggling and corruption in the district.
    Dhungana was abducted at 3:00 p.m. and was released at around 6:00 p.m. According to him, three of the assailants riding motorcycles were wearing masks so it was difficult to identify them.
    The abductors threatened to kill Dhungana if the incident was made public. He informed his colleagues about the incident only after reaching Dhangadhi, the captial of Kailali district in western Nepal, on 16 November.

  • China: Ai Weiwei placed under house arrest
    March 25, 2011

    Ai Weiwei posted on Twitter that he has been told he may not leave his home until 12.00 on 7 November 2010.The house arrest relates to a ‘celebration’ that Ai Weiwei had planned to mark the government-ordered demolition of his art studio in Shanghai. He had invited people to attend a banquet of wine and river crabs to bid farewell to his studio. The Chinese for ‘river crabs’ sounds similar to ‘harmonise’, a phrase the government regularly employs to mean censorship.

  • Sri Lanka: Printing workers arrested
    March 18, 2011

    In the evening of September 7, 2010, Sarala Graphics, a printing press located at 43/43, Walauwatta Road, Nugegoda town, was raided by a Police team from the Special Investigations Unit located at the Mirihana police station. Authorities were looking for a poster of the President printed by the United National Party (UNP). The owner of the press and 7 workers present there, including one woman, were arrested.

  • Malaysia: 589 protesters detained in Kuala Lumpur
    March 10, 2011

    On 1 August, co-ordinated protests throughout Malaysia commemorated the 50th anniversary of Internal Security Act (ISA), a 1967 law that allows a preventive detention (or detention without trial or criminal charges) under limited, legally defined circumstances. In practice, however, the ISA has been consistently used against government dissidents and human rights defenders, which is why there have been long-standing calls from civil society to abolish the repressive law.
    The main vigil in Kuala Lumpur was broken up by police in riot gear. The crackdown resulted in 589 people being detained, including 44 children (persons below 18 years old) and 40 women. Several protesters also sustained minor injuries during the arrests.

  • Indonesia: Maluku journalist murdered
    March 10, 2011

    Mr. Ridwan Salamun was killed on 21 August 2010 while covering news on a communal clash between villagers from Banda Ely and Fiditan in Tual, Maluku. Mr. Ridwan Salamun suffered fatal injuries from a spear wound and a gash on his head. The communal clash was triggered by a minor disagreement that quickly escalated into violence between the villagers. Residents of Banda Ely reportedly told a motorcyclist from Mangun hamlet, Fiditan, Tual to slow down while driving through their neighborhood. The motorcyclist then went back to his own neighborhood and gathered together some friends to attack those who allegedly rebuked him.

  • Indonesia (Papua): Journalist murdered
    March 10, 2011

    Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is was killed in Indonesia. Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is was a journalist who regularly reported on corruption aOn 28 July 2012, Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is, journalist, had been reported missing, His motorbike and helmet were found at the Wali-Wali bridge of Merauke in Papua.

    On 30 July 2010, his body was found naked and handcuffed floating in the Maro River of Merauke in Papua, Indonesia. Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is was a journalist who regularly reported on corruption and illegal logging practices in Papua. His articles were published in Jubi magazine and his videos were shown on http://tabloidjubi.com until early this year.

    On 20 August 2010, after a post-mortem examination of the body, Indonesian police revealed that Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is was murdered and drowned in the river. Signs of torture were also found on Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is’ body. It is believed that his murder may be linked to his work covering controversial issues such as corruption and illegal logging in Papua. It may also be linked to his coverage of the regional election that took place on 2 August 2010.nd illegal logging practices in Papua. His articles were published in Jubi magazine and also his videos were published in http://tabloidjubi.com until early this year. On 30 July 2010, Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is’ body was found naked and handcuffed floating in the Maro River of Merauke in Papua, Indonesia. He had been reported missing since 28 July 2010 when his motorbike and helmet were found at the Wali-Wali bridge of Merauke in Papua. After a post-mortem examination of the body, Indonesian police revealed on 20 August 2010 that Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is was murdered and drowned in the river. Signs of torture were also found on Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is’ body. It is believed that his murder may be linked to his work covering controversial issues such as corruption and illegal logging in Papua. It may also be linked to his coverage of the regional election that took place on 2 August 2010.