Freedom of expression/online
On 10 October 2018, three journalists from Eleven Media Group who criticised the Yangon government for wasting public money due to mismanagement in an article, were arrested.
Vietnam: Two Members of Unsanctioned Group Hi?n PhápCharged with “Disruption of Security,” Accusation against Five Others Unknow
October 10, 2018
On 5 October 2018, Ho Dinh Cuong and Ngo Van Dung members of the organisation Hi?n Pháp – an organisation striving to educate people abouthuman rights as well as political and civil rights by disseminating Vietnam’s 2013 Constitution among citizens – were charged with “disruption of security” and are facing severe imprisonment if are convicted.
Nepal: Journalist arrested for online news story
October 4, 2018
On 12 September 2018, Raju Basnet, journalist, was arrested on the charge of publishing a news report on Khojtalas.com, the online portal of Khojtalas Weekly.The report exposed an attempt to transfer the ownership of land owned by Harisiddhi Brick Industries in Lalitpur to some private individuals, allegedly with the involvement of Maoist lawmaker Pampha Bhusal and some other leaders of the party.
Vietnam: Crackdown Continues with Incommunicado Detention of Eight Activists, Convictions of Two More Facebookers
October 4, 2018
On 4 September 2018, nine members of the unregistered Hi?n Pháp (Constitution), was arrested by Vietnam’s security forces in a bid to prevent spontanous demonstrations amid increasing social disatisfaction.
On 26 September 2018, a Bangladeshi university lecturer has been suspended and detained for making allegedly derogatory remarks on Facebook about the prime minister.
India: Arbitrarily arrest, detention and illegal charges against Kishorchandra Wangkhemcha, Anchor and Sub-Editor of ISTV, Imphal, Manipur
August 28, 2018
From 9 August 2018, ishorchandra Wangkhemcha, Anchor and Sub-Editor of Information Service Television Network (ISTV) has been harassed by the government for his Facebook post regarding state government’s response to present crisis in Manipur.
On 16 August 2018, Cui Haoxin, a member of the Hui Muslim ethnic group known by his pen-name An Ran, and a well known minority rights defender, was visited and threatened by police after tweeting about the mass incarceration of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s political “re-education camps.”
Cambodia: LICADHO Clarifies Hacking Attack Report
August 1, 2018
On 10 May 2018, LICADHO staff discovered a strange phenomenon when trying to access the Phnom Penh Post website. When visiting the site, a malicious code impersonating Google (misspelled Gooogle) attempted to trick users into granting full access to their Gmail inboxes to an unknown third party called GTransfers.
India: Mr. Stan Swamy & 20 other W/HRDs are being falsely implicated under charges of sedition by the Jharkhand police at Khunti Police Station
July 31, 2018
On 29 July 2018, Mr. Stan Swamy & 20 other W/HRDs were falsely implicated under charges of sedition by the Jharkhand police at Khunti Police Station
Vietnam: Hanoi-based Pro-democracy Campaigner Nguyen Trung Linh Charged with “Conducting Anti-state Propaganda”
July 16, 2018
On 9 July 2018, Nguyen Trung Linh, pro-democracy campaigner, was charged with “Making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code.