Freedom of expression/online
Vietnam: Authorities in Nghe An Arrest Local Democracy Activist, Charging Him with “Conducting Anti-state Propaganda”
June 4, 2019
On 29 May 2019, security forces in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An arrested Mr. Nguyen Nang Tinh, a lecturer of the Nghe An College for Culture and Art, and charged him with “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Clause 1, Article 117 of the country’s 2015 Penal Code.
On 11 May 2019,
A Vietnamese court has jailed two activists on charges of publishing damaging anti-state propaganda about the communist-run country, state media reported Saturday, the latest convictions under a hardline leadership intolerant of dissent.
Vietnam: High School Teacher Fined for Online Activities and Setting Environmental Protection Campaign
June 4, 2019
In May 2019, Authorities in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan have imposed an administrative fine of VND7.5 million ($320) on local high school teacher Dang Nguyen Triet for allegation of “disseminating, store, use information on a Facebook account with the aim to tell lies, make false accusation, hurt the credibility of the Party and the state.”
On 17 May 2019, Abdul Kaium, a human rights activist, was detained and charged under section 57 of the draconian Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act or its more abusive successor, the Digital Security Act 2018.
On 15 May 2019, Poet-journalist Henry Swapan, who was sued for hurting religious sentiment under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, was arrested from his residence in Barishal city.
On 30 April 2019, three facebookers known for posting about human rights issues in Vietnam were kidnapped.
On 29 April 2019, Jolovan Wham, pro-democracy activist, was fined for questioning the independence of the judiciary on Facebook, the latest case to highlight what critics say is the country’s heavy-handed approach towards dissent.
On 1 March 2019, WHRD and journalist, Sagrika Kissu was subject to threats online
Vietnam: Justice-seeker Nguyen Thi Hue Arrested, Charged with Abusing democratic freedom
April 1, 2019
On 12 March 2019, Nguyen Thi Hue, WHRD was arrested for allegedly “abusing democratic freedom” .
Philippines: Cyber attack downs NUJP site twice
February 28, 2019
On 8 February 2019, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an organisation promoting freedom of expression and freedom of press, had their website subject to cyber attack