Stories about East Asia from June, 2021
Hong Kong digital news outlet Stand News removes articles and suspends subscriptions following Apple Daily closure
Pro-democracy digital news outlet Stand News has announced it will remove opinion articles it published before May and stop accepting donations to reduce risks under the national security law.
"We're all just waiting for the knock on the door. Sometimes you hear footsteps on the stairs, it's like they're coming for you: you have this feeling all the time."
The fairness of the diplomatic process are irrelevant to the wider context of the reef’s 'in danger' listing. Australia risks being labelled an international climate change pariah.
"Municipalities all over Japan have reported receiving death threats when announcing vaccination programs, particularly for teens and adolescents."
Security police interventions force closure of Apple Daily, Hong Kong's 26-year-old pro-democracy news outlet
In its inaugural editorial, Apple Daily had stated: "Are we not afraid of the changes 1997 could bring about? We are, but we are not willing to be daunted by fear."
Overseas Hongkongers rallied in 52 cities around the world advocate for the city's liberation while for those who choose to stay vow that they will continue to resist on June 12 2021.
Some students refused to stand while others used a camera filter to make it appear like they were wearing a school uniform.
Officials called the group "rebellious" and claimed they were using foreign funding in efforts to topple the government.
The incident illustrates the increasing interactions between bears and humans in Japan.
Among the five senior executives arrested, two were officially charged with with conspiracy to collude with external elements on June 18
These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.
Chinese enterprises are making home for themselves in Kyrgyzstan. Some parts of the Kyrgyz population see this trend as a threat.
In Kazakhstan, Sinophobia is often a tool instrumentalized by protest organizers to mobilize people as a form of criticism of governmental policies
"Finally an expert has provided an explanation about the herd’s northbound journey. Local officials avoided addressing the truth."
"You can’t stand up. But you don’t want to kneel down. Then you can only lie down flat."
Two organizers of the historic 1994 Manila Pride shared their reflections about the legacy of the protest and the continuing struggle to fight for LGBT+ rights
"It's civil society’s business if they want to do it, but it’s wrong [for government] to throw money at this."
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"The reinforcement of social media platforms’ registration and severe control of online information are another reflection of the digital dictatorship in Laos."
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"We tried to reach the mayor, arguing that the plant is harmful to the environment...We tried our best but nobody was listening to us."