Freedom of expression/online
China: Prominent Chinese Feminist Social Media Account Shuttered on International Women’s Day
March 12, 2018
On 8 March 2018,The Feminist Voices account on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms, received a notice saying it was suspended due to “irregularities”.
Vietnam: Political dissident blogger Pham Doan Trang detained
February 26, 2018
On February 24, political dissident blogger Pham Doan Trang, was detained and interrogated for ten hours by police forces.
On 8 Febuary 2018, San Rotha, dissident, was arrested for posing a video on Facebook where he called the government ‘authoritarian’ and encouraged the public “to stand up and unite together…[to] get loose from the devil’s hand”
On 8 Febuary 2018, Sun Lin, journalist, was held by authourities to prepare for his at the Nanjing Court, where he faces charges of “incitement to subvert state power.”
Vietnam: Activist jailed for for livestreaming pollution march
February 7, 2018
On Febuary 6 2018, blogger and environmental activist, Hoàng Duc Bình, was jailed for 14 years for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean.
On 29 January 2018, Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng has been charged with “inciting subversion of state power,” according to his lawyer. Yu was detained at his apartment two weeks ago after calling for democratic reforms in China.
Malaysia: Police arrest Aliran activist Sarajun Hoda at home
February 3, 2018
On 29 January 2018, social activist Sarajun Hoda was arrested at his residence with the allegation of violating Section 298 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act. He was eventually released after hours of interrogation.
Thailand: Another activist faces lèse majesté charge for sharing BBC profile of Thai King
February 3, 2018
On 18 January 2018, A military officer, Lt. Sombat Tangtha, filed a lèse majesté complaint against Chanoknan ‘Cartoon’ Ruamsap for sharing a BBC article in December 2016
On 26 December 2017, A 25-year-old Bangladeshi blogger has been arrested at the Dhaka airport on charges of writing blasphemous posts on social media
China: Chinese human rights activist arrested
January 9, 2018
On 16 December 2017, A human rights activist has been arrested in China after protesting over Linfen Thermal Power Co., a Chinese state-owned company.