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Stories about Asia

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

Advox

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

8 August 2018

What happens when women report sexual assault in Japan?

"If this happens again I will feel more powerless knowing there's probably nothing I can do, and nothing the police will do."

India's biometric ID system takes more heat, after Google admits it coded helpline numbers into Android phones

Advox

With a growing list of incidents of system malfunctions and personal data leaks, Aadhaar has failed to gain public trust.

What destiny for diversity in Afghanistan? The case of Sikhs and Hindus

"So sad! I can’t imagine their grief and pain when leaving the country, especially, Avtar Singh’s family whose wounds are still fresh!"

“What followed horrified us beyond our wildest imaginations”: an eyewitness account of the Bangladesh student protests

The Bridge

"Young Bangladeshis like me are tired of fearing for our lives on the roads—fearing being run over simply because the driver values making money more than human lives."

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

Advox

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

6 August 2018

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

Advox

"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."

3 August 2018

Is Western media biased against China? (Part Two)

NewsFrames

China has claimed that Western media is biased against China. We tested that claim using two data analysis tools.

Cricket Australia under fire for sacking female employee over abortion reform tweets

"Clearly 1951 rolls on down the corridors of Cricket Australia, a halcyon place where a woman’s place is out the door. It’s not Cricket. It’s institutional misogyny."

If Google goes back to China, it will be on the government's terms. What will that mean for human rights?

Advox

Google may be prepared to compromise human rights principles for the Chinese market. But it will still depend on the Chinese government to grant its entry.

Students occupy Dhaka streets demanding road safety in Bangladesh

"The students have turned around a car of a minister who was traveling on the wrong side of the road ... What an unimaginable event!"

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

The Bridge

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

2 August 2018

Filipinos urged to #BoycottNutriAsia for attacking the strike of workers

"Mothers and fathers who are always doing grocery, I'm asking your help to #BoycottNutriasia. Here are their brands."

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

Advox

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

27 July 2018

Australian conference debates threats to human rights in the Asia-Pacific

The message from Australia's human rights law conference: We cannot just “support human rights until it gets hard”.

In India, police protects cows while lynching victim accused of cow smuggling is delayed care

"It’s sad to know that cow protection is more sacred than saving a human life...Are minorities in the country really being marginalized and treated as second-grade citizens?"

26 July 2018

Go sightseeing in Japan, right on YouTube

What makes the videos useful for travelers or anyone interested in Japan is each video includes annotations in English, with time stamps, of what particular sightseeing spot is on screen.

Is Western media biased against China? (Part One)

NewsFrames

China has claimed that Western media is biased against China. We tested that claim using two data analysis tools.

25 July 2018

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Advox

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

Yet another vaccine scandal hits China's big pharma, sparking fear, rage — and censorship

For over a decade, a series of similar scandals have plagued China's emerging pharmaceutical industry, and people seem to have lost faith.

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