Internet freedom

  • Vietnam: Arrests of Another Member of Online Democracy Group
    September 4, 2017

    On 1 September 2017, Authorities in northern Vietnam’s coastal Thai Binh province arrested another member of the Brotherhood for Democracy association, Nguyen Van Tucc

  • Vietnam: Extending detention of blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’
    June 16, 2017

    On 15 June 2017, Vietnamese authorities have extended the detention of activist and blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, often known as blogger Mother Mushroom, and kept her incommunicado. The WHRD would be extended by two months and 15 days.

  • China: Police detain activists who marked Tiananmen bloodshed in public, online
    June 6, 2017

    On 4 June 2017, several activists who seek to commemorate the Tiananmen Square bloodshed were detained in the city of Jiangsu and Zhuzhou.

  • Myanmar: Military files defamation lawsuit against independent newspaper
    May 19, 2017

    On 17 May 2017, Myanmar’s powerful military filed a defamation lawsuit against Kyaw Min Swe, editor-in-chief of The Voice Daily, and the newspaper’s satire columnist who writes under the pseudonym “British Ko Ko Maung” over an article that allegedly insulted the armed forces in the latest attack on freedom of speech in the developing Southeast Asian country.

  • Laos: Three Lao workers handed lengthy jail terms for slamming government online
    May 17, 2017

    On 16 May 2017, a relative of one of the HRDs said that he had recently contacted a detention center official requesting permission to visit his family member and was told the three “were sentenced last month. Lod Thammavong, Soukane Chaithad, and Somphone Phimmasone had been sentenced to 12 years, 18 years, and 20 years in prison, respectively.

  • Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric’s rally blocked
    April 5, 2017

    On 24 March 2017, three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court. One of the three used the alias, Allama Ayaz Nizami, and had over 12,000 followers online

  • Myanmar: Now Journalist faces another lawsuit
    March 29, 2017

    On 20 March 2017, a Rangoon resident filed a lawsuit against Myanmar Now chief correspondent Ko Swe Win – the second he has faced this month – accusing the reporter of insulting Buddhism.

  • Thailand: democracy activist threatened with lèse majesté law
    December 16, 2016

    On 8 December 2016, Chanoknan Ruamsap, an anti-junta activist and a key member of NDM, revealed that the Thai military contacted her family while she was in Brazil warning them that she might be charged of lèse majesté law for her social media posts about King Rama X .

  • Thailand: student activist arrested for Lese Majeste in relation to a social media post
    December 6, 2016

    On 3 December 2016, Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa, a 25-year-old law student and a key member of the pro-democracy groups Dao Din and New Democracy Movement (NDM), was arrested by plainclothes police and accused of defaming the monarchy for sharing a BBC Thai biography of the new King. He was taken to the Kaeng Khro Provincial Police Station, Chaiyaphum, Northeastern Thailand.

    UPDATE: On 6 January 2017, a Khon Kaen appeals court dismissed a request to free activist Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa on bail.

  • Vietnam: blogger arrested because of her social posts on environmental and labor rights violations
    November 22, 2016

    On 8 November 2016, the popular blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who writes under the pen name Mother Mushroom, was arrested in Hanoi, Vietnam, after she reported Formosa Plastics Group’s environmental and labor rights violations.