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Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy speaks in New Delhi in 2020. Roy is currently facing prosecution in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, an anti-terrorism law, for comments she made back in 2010 about Kashmir.
Jul 12, 2024
The show trial of India's Arundhati Roy
Comments made by Roy, a Booker Prize-winning author, 14 years ago have put her in the crosshairs of the BJP, which is wielding an anti-terrorism law to punish her.
Former Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai in 2020
Jun 24, 2024
Hong Kong top court hears Jimmy Lai appeal as scrutiny mounts
Any conviction of Lai risks further inflaming ties between China and the U.S. and U.K., which are among countries that have called for his release.
People stand outside the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court, where #MeToo activist Huang Xueqin and labor activist Wang Jianbing were sentenced, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Friday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jun 14, 2024
Chinese #MeToo activist sentenced to five years in prison, supporters say
Sophia Huang Xueqin wrote on social media about her experience of workplace sexual harassment as a young journalist.
Naran Unurtsetseg became one of Mongolia's most well-known journalists by exposing sexual abuse in a Buddhist boarding school, violence in the military and by taking on some of the country's most powerful people.
Jun 12, 2024
Hard-hitting journalist ensnared in Mongolia's press freedom crackdown
Mongolia has plummeted in press freedom rankings amid what critics say is a declining rule of law and a government seeking to curb criticism of its record on corruption.
Visitors take pictures in a booth showing photographs before a rally to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Beijing's Tiananmen Square crackdowns, at the Library Square in Taipei on Tuesday.
Jun 4, 2024
35 years on, Tiananmen memory eroded by Chinese censorship and Sino-U.S. rivalry
While commemorations of the crackdown are effectively banned in mainland China and in Hong Kong, events were being held in Taiwan and other locations.
A demonstrator holds a music score while singing the “Glory to Hong Kong” protest song during a flash mob protest in Hong Kong in September 2019.
May 15, 2024
Videos of Hong Kong protest song blocked on YouTube after court order
The Court of Appeal granted an injunction that holds platforms responsible for hosting the song, exposing global internet companies to new legal risks.
Activists from Amnesty International march in support of the Uyghurs during Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit in France on May 6.
May 13, 2024
China accused of targeting overseas citizens for political activism
Students said their family in China received threats after they attended events such as the commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Antigovernment protesters sing the protest anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" on May 13, 2020.
May 9, 2024
Hong Kong court bans protest anthem, saying it can be used as weapon
The ruling to ban the anthem "Glory to Hong Kong" comes amid what critics say is an erosion in Hong Kong's rule of law and individual rights.
A Cambridge research fellow's dismissal is sparking outcry amid a freedom of speech debate about the university's diversity, equality and inclusion policies.
May 7, 2024
Will Cambridge support free speech?
Cambridge research fellow's dismissal sparks outcry amid a freedom of speech debate at the university and its diversity, equality and inclusion policies.
A man maneuvers media equipment following an Israeli police raid on an Al Jazeera de facto office at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem on Sunday.
May 6, 2024
Israel raids Al Jazeera’s offices after banning broadcaster
Al Jazeera’s broadcasts and access to its website are now blocked throughout Israel.
A man rides past journalists reporting on the aftermath of the Shady Fire in Santa Rosa, California, on Sept. 28, 2020.
May 3, 2024
Violence against environmental journalists rises, UNESCO says
More than 70% of the 905 journalists the agency surveyed in 129 countries said they had been attacked, threatened or pressured.
Manahel al-Otaibi wears western clothes in the Saudi capital Riyadh in September 2019. Human rights groups have denounced an 11-year prison term recently handed down by a counterterrorism court to the Saudi fitness instructor and women's rights activist.
WORLD / Politics
May 2, 2024
Saudi Arabia cracks down on online speech, jailing critics for decades
Fitness influencer Manahel al-Otaibi was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison after criticizing male guardianship laws and women's dress requirements.
The arrests for Gaza-related posts indicate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s regime will take a hard line against citizens not toeing the line when it comes to normalizing ties with Israel.
WORLD / Politics
May 2, 2024
Saudi Arabia steps up Gaza-related arrests as Israel ties edge closer
The arrests are said to reflect a desire by authorities to deter the making of online statements about the war in Gaza that might impact national security.
Some programmers are gearing up for what they expect to be an era of tighter controls after Russian President Vladimir Putin secured a mandate until at least 2030 with a landslide win at elections last month.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 27, 2024
Russian programmers play 'cat and mouse' game to outsmart censors
Some of them employing techniques learnt from Chinese hackers' efforts to evade the even more stringent 'Great Firewall' there.
Dozens of other voices that oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi are active on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Apr 19, 2024
Critics of India's Modi migrate online as mainstream media stays deferential
Critical voices have shifted to social media, with many speaking in Hindi, the language of India's heartland and BJP stronghold.
An Apple store in Shanghai. Apple manufactures iPads, AirPods and Apple Watches in Vietnam and suppliers for MacBooks are also investing in the country.
Apr 11, 2024
Activists press Apple over Vietnam's detention of climate experts
Apple manufactures iPads, AirPods and Apple Watches in Vietnam and suppliers for MacBooks are also investing in the country.
Jimmy Lai leaves a police station in Hong Kong in 2020.
Apr 11, 2024
Hong Kong refuses entry to Reporters Without Borders staffer
Hong Kong is currently ranked 140 out of 180 on the 2023 World Press Freedom Index.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has a long-running feud with Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 2, 2024
Israel's Netanyahu vows to ban Al Jazeera broadcasts
The Qatar-based broadcaster slammed the ban as "part of a series of systematic Israeli attacks to silence Al Jazeera."
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has made on-the-ground reporting increasingly dangerous and illegal since it sent troops into Ukraine two years ago, arresting and fining those who defy the Kremlin's narratives.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 29, 2024
Russia sentences journalist to two years in prison and detains others
Russia has made on-the-ground reporting increasingly dangerous and illegal since it sent troops into Ukraine two years ago.
Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice Paul Lam said that a person reposting online critical statements issued by foreign countries and people overseas might be committing an offense, depending on their "intention and purpose."
Mar 25, 2024
Online criticism could breach new Hong Kong law, official warns
A person might be committing an offense if they repost critical statements issued by foreign countries and people overseas.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals