Right to information
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.
Bangladesh: Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam detained after post about Dhaka protests
August 6, 2018
On 5 August 2018, Shahidul Alam, a photographer, commentator, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia organization Drik and Pathshala Media Institute, was detained after he posted a video to Facebook about protests in the city.
Nepal: FNJ condemns police assault on journalists
August 1, 2018
On 21 July 2018, 5 journalists were physically assaulted by police as they were covering a protest.
On 7 June 2018, Suresh Oraon, RTI activist, died after being shot at by masked assialants.
India: An Indian journalist exposed a huge breach in a government database. Now she’s facing a police complaint.
June 12, 2018
On 8 January 2018, Rachna Khair, journalist has recieved a complaint from police for exposing a possible security breach in the country’s vast biometric database that contains the personal details of more than 1 billion citizens
Vietnam: Dissident Questioned Over Banned Books
May 24, 2018
On 23 May 2019, Nguyen Xuan Nghia, dissident writer and former political prisoner, was brought in for questioning after a young man brought three copies of a politically sensitive book to his home, asking the man to “explain” them to him.
India: Journalist and HRD killed
March 27, 2018
On 20 March 2018, Sandeep Sharma, a journalist who had been investigating the illegal trade in sand for a television channel, was killed by a suspected state actor that ran her over with a truck.
On March 26 2017, Andy Hall, a British labour rights activist, was ordered to pay 10 million baht (US$321,000) in damages to a company that filed a civil defamation suit after he helped expose alleged human rights violations at its factory, by a court in Bangkok.
India: Meghalaya RTI activist murdered
March 21, 2018
On 20 March 2018, A Meghalaya youth leader and Right to Information activist was allegedly murdered in a coal belt in the hill State’s East Jaintia Hills district.
India: Woman human rights defender Christina Pyrtuh and her family assaulted, molested and driven away for anti-corruption works
February 27, 2018
Since December 29, 2017, Mrs. Christina Pyrtuh, who spoke out against corruption in implementation of schemes under the local area development fund of the member of legislative assembly (MLA) of Assam representing their constituency Katigorah in the district of Cachar in Assam. and her family were assaulted, has suffered a series of abuses, which has driven them out of their home and village.