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· February, 2019

Stories about East Asia from February, 2019

19 February 2019

‘Man returns to his native Xinjiang and disappears’ — a story too common for the headlines

Nurbolat Shalayit is one of hundreds of thousands of Xinjiang minorities whose current whereabouts are uncertain.

18 February 2019

Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

Advox

The second installment in our series looks at the most censored topic in the 2018 WeChatscope dataset: the China-US trade war.

14 February 2019

Australia revokes Chinese tycoon's citizenship over alleged political interference in Australian politics

"...winding back CCP [Chinese Communist Party] interference as an unacceptable and counterproductive part of bilateral engagement is a step towards developing a healthy China-Australia relationship"

Japanese ads aimed at women criticized for misogyny. Again.

This is the latest in a long line of Japanese ad campaigns that have sparked controversy online for alleged anti-women messaging.

Athan: A youth group promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar

"All lawsuits filed against journalists must be withdrawn. All journalists staying under detention including Reuters journalists must be released unconditionally. Defamation must be decriminalized in accordance with international standards."

13 February 2019

#MetooUyghur campaign asks Chinese government to prove that Xinjiang detainees are still alive

Uyghur communities from all over the world are using the #MetooUyghur hashtag to demand answers about the welfare of their loved ones.

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

12 February 2019

Let the dead tell their stories about Hong Kong

The Bridge

A "homicide tour" seeks to explore "the meaning of life and living conditions" in one Hong Kong neighbourhood.

11 February 2019

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China's most powerful social media platform

Advox

Our team tracked censored posts from more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on WeChat. Here is what we found.

9 February 2019

Japanese PM staff ‘restrict’ reporter from pressers for ‘spreading misinformation’ about environmental harm

Advox

Mochizuki apparently angered the Cabinet Office during a news conference on December 26, when she asked about the risks of environmental contamination at a controversial construction site in Okinawa.

7 February 2019

Netizen Report: Philippine news outlet faces ‘cyber libel’ charges

Advox

Philippines DOJ takes another swing at Rappler news site, Facebook tackles disinformation in Indonesia and Russia moves to outlaw fake news.

Is there political interference in the public television network of Timor-Leste?

"There have been several attempts at political interference on me and directly on journalists to try to influence editorial content."

1 February 2019

This Twitter account celebrates women in Japan, one short profile a day

The common theme of the daily profiles is that the celebrated women come from all walks of life, and all have experienced unique challenges and successes.

Pressure mounts for Thailand to free Melbourne-based Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi

"Australia just gave our highest award to 2 divers for risking their lives to rescue 12 Thai boys from underground caves. We know where Hakeem is. He just needs a...

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