Stories about East Asia from December, 2014
In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground, on the Internet, in court and behind bars. Here are some highlights from this incredible year of advocacy for free...
Thailand in 2014: Street protests, martial law regime, media and web censorship, and the rise to power of a junta-backed government. Will 2015 bring change?
For many young Chinese, Christmas is simply a lighthearted diversion that has little to do with religious faith, but authorities see the Western festival as a threat.
Protester arrests highlighted the opaque practices under which the city's law enforcement agencies and online service providers handle Internet user data.
With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.
Indonesian authorities are focusing on the Bangka Belitung islands off the east coast of South Sumatra to find the missing plane.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Malaysia's eastern states. Netizens used social media to monitor impact of the flood disaster and to coordinate relief efforts.
Clashes over a controversial mining project in Myanmar have claimed the life of a 56-year-old farmer and protester, who reportedly died after being shot in the head by police.
Those outraged by the shooting death of a woman protesting the mining project have used popular Internet memes to point out the absurdities of the case.
Earlier this month, Sony pulled their planned release of the political comedy, succumbing to threats by a hackers group that the US claims is linked to North Korea.
Following a recent brawl on a flight from mainland China to Hong Kong, a Singapore news website argued that a 'fierce' attitude is necessary to succeed living on the mainland.
Twenty-five retired senior officials, who came to be known as the "prominent 25", urged the Malaysian government in a widely supported open letter to review the country's Islamic laws
The Kahoku Shimpo, a major newspaper in Tohoku, is publishing English translations of its unique first-hand accounts of the March 11, 2011 "triple disaster" with the help of Harvard University.
The 49-storey Torre de Manila has been dubbed the "Terror de Manila" by critics for allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.
Human rights activists worry that Hong Kong police are targeting minors participating in "shopping" pro-democracy protests. Young activists may not be aware of their legal rights.
She was detained at an International Human Rights Day event in Bangkok after she and another person made the three-fingered "Hunger Games" salute, which is banned in Thailand.
The team of Coconuts TV went to south Sumatra in Indonesia to document the impact of the burning of peatlands and forests to make way for the expanding palm oil plantations. The burning of forests in Sumatra is causing the displacement of endangered species in the island; and it also...
Amnesty International has requested that Serbian authorities release eleven activists from Bulgaria, Finland, and Slovakia who were in Serbia to hold peaceful protests during the CEE-China Summit in Belgrade.
Motorbike riders without helmet, overloaded jeepneys, and train passengers on roof carriages are some of the common public transport spectacles we see in the streets of Southeast Asia.
A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.
Following a strong 6.8 earthquake in November, Twitter users noticed that the Japanese seemed to brush it off easily, only three years after the 3.11 Tohoku Triple Disaster killed thousands.