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Stories about Asia

12 December 2019

Protests against a media house in Pakistan mount

Pakistan's leading English-langauge daily Dawn Newspaper has increasingly been under threat with politically motivated attacks.

Battle-scarred: The lasting impact of the PolyU campus siege on Hong Kong’s protesters

"As the siege dragged on, reports emerged of the deteriorating mental conditions of the PolyU holdouts – which included erratic behaviour, paranoia, and even self-harm."

‘Burning books and burying scholars': Book burning causes uproar on Chinese social media

"How come young people just talked about the environmental impact of burning books? Are they not aware of the historical symbolism of “book burning and scholar burying”?"

India's citizenship bill fuels anti-Muslim prejudice fears

As India's ruling BJP pushes for the 'anti-Muslim' citizenship amendment bill, critics say that it violates India's secular constitution and threatens the very essence of India's plurality.

10 December 2019

Popular ‘Nausicaä’ animated movie from Japan performed as kabuki play

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, one of Japan's most popular animated films, will be performed as a kabuki play in December, 2019 in Tokyo.

11 birthdays in a prison: Interview with the daughter of Vietnamese dissident Tran Huynh Duy Thuc

"Whether by appeal for cassation review or by a resubmission request, we will fight until his release, to ensure that human rights are honored in Vietnam."

9 December 2019

#StandWithYuli: Solidarity for deported Indonesian domestic worker Yuli Riswati who covered Hong Kong protests

"We condemn this action which may be intended to intimidate non-permanent residents and deter them from involvement in or documenting and commenting on political events in Hong Kong."

8 December 2019

A march to revive student unions in Pakistan

Socio-political and economic conditions of Pakistan are not stable which was the driving force for students to organize this march to demand the revival of Student Unions.

6 December 2019

Chinese netizens slam Huawei’s legal bullying of former employee with a series of codes

Li Hongyuan, a former Huawei employee, was arrested by the Shenzhen police after Huawei accused him of extortion. He was detained for 251 days.

5 December 2019

Hong Kong protest artwork: Yellow Objects

"The exhibition 'Yellow Objects' is a mockery of the brutal and ruthless authority that refers to human being as objects, and a reminder to defend and uphold human dignity."

4 December 2019

Why the often deadly Nepalese custom of ‘Chhaupadi’ needs to end

A number of women and girls in Nepal’s mid and far-western regions continue to die because of a centuries-old stigma against menstruation and the practice of banishment during periods.

3 December 2019

Failed promises on electoral system reform prompts new wave of protest in Georgia

For the second time this year, the Georgian Dream government faces mass demonstrations.

After struggling for 20 years, a Mon-language newspaper in Myanmar is fighting to survive

The Guiding Star newspaper, an important news source for ethnic Mon, is struggling to keep its doors open as news goes digital and as its audience of Mon-language speakers declines.

30 November 2019

Pope Francis visit highlights Nagasaki's long Catholic history

The first papal visit to Japan in nearly four decades highlighted the country's historical Christian heritage, identified major challenges faced by the rest of the world.

Exclusion in access to public information for marginalized groups in India

Rising Voices

Subhashish Panigrahi highlights the challenges and opportunities relating to access to public information for marginalized groups in India.

29 November 2019

China's new media world order: Interview with Cédric Alviani from Reporters Without Borders East Asia

Beijing trains foreign journalists in “language elements” to get them to “speak the same language” as Chinese outlets.

Inside Kashmir's internet blockade: Video report with Kashmiri students affected by the crisis

48,000 High school students in Kashmir appear for public examination amidst complete internet blockage in the region.

Melanesian journalists decry growing threats against media freedom

"Melanesian governments cannot pay lip service to international conventions and commitments to democratic freedoms and in the same breath issue orders to clamp down on journalists' right to expression."

Chinese defector's spying allegations rock Australian politics

'What an utterly insane suggestion that Chinese Australians should “publicly show” their stance on anything related to China to prove their “loyalty”. '