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23 May 2017

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

22 May 2017

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

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Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

"Is there anyone out there who is going to say, "Wow, cool, I can customize my smartphone case with salmon roe?" I think I'll be the only one."

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Global Voices Advocacy

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

21 May 2017

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

20 May 2017

Japanese Committee Clears Path for Vague and Controversial Anti-Conspiracy Bill

The legislation will cover nearly 300 crimes if it passes. Critics have argued personal liberties are at stake.

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

Global Voices Advocacy

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients in Australia Raises Discrimination and Privacy Concerns

"The overwhelming Twitter response to the plan to drug test welfare recipients: drug test politicians and their staff too"

14 May 2017

Activists Say Azerbaijan’s Media Is Spreading Fear and Hate of Queer People

"Sometimes journalists forget their power, and mislead people with their unprofessional manners."

Did Tajikistan’s ‘First Parrot’ Flee Its Gilded Cage?

A media blackout regarding the status of the bird supposedly belonging to a top member of the ruling family failed to stop the jokes.

Bangladesh: Where Heavy Metal Dies at the Doorstep

Heavy metal fans in Bangladesh were heartbroken after Brazilian death metal bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were forbidden from performing at their sold-out concert in the capital Dhaka.

13 May 2017

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

12 May 2017

Bangladesh's LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

"How can I live in this country, where if I were to be killed people would rejoice over a cup of tea that there is one less LGBT person?"

Thailand Threatens to Take Facebook to Court Over Anti-Monarchy Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Tha Thailand government has given Facebook until Tuesday, May 16, 2017, to remove the 131 remaining 'anti-monarchy' posts.

11 May 2017

Pakistanis Are Outraged Over a Washing Machine Ad That Makes Light of Domestic Violence

"Disgusting ad....giving concept that a man should be proud among his friends on beating his wife"

Law Enforcement's Selective Crackdown Curbs Indie Music Space in Hong Kong

"...the latest raid seems more like part of a well planned campaign aimed at crashing every business that does not belong to the big business."

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