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5 August 2016

Stories from 5 August 2016

South Asia's Largest Wikimedia Conference Kicks Off in India

Rising Voices

Some of the noted guests addressing the gathering include Wikimedia Foundation's newly promoted Executive Director Katherine Maher and Punjabi-language poet Surjit Patar.

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

Trinidad & Tobago's Culture Was ‘Made Richer’ Thanks to Earl Crosby

"He was one of those people that you think would always be there — and then he's suddenly gone and this hole is created that can't be easily filled."

Japanese Police Are Spying on Muslims, Despite The Constitution

Global Voices Advocacy

The Supreme Court's dismissal of a case questioning the legality of putting Muslims under surveillance based on their religion alone brought a long series of court battles to an end.

A Recipe for the Perfect Kyrgyz Advert: Horses, Mountain Scenery and a Beautiful Woman

"After all, as our ancestors always said, do not ask for a quick horse, ask for a safe journey."

Jamaicans Are Excited About Their Athletes and a Little Nervous About Rio

"Why the so-called developed countries don't stop hating on #Brazil and allow the rest of us to enjoy the @Olympics? Goodness gracious!"

Iran Reportedly Executes Dozens of Sunnis in Crackdown on Prisoners of Conscience

The Iranian government has reportedly executed dozens of Sunni prisoners at Gohardasht prison, including the prominent prisoner of conscience Shahram Ahmadi.

Trinidadian Guitarist Fitzroy Coleman, ‘the Greatest Chord Player of All Time’, Has Died

A self-taught musical genius, Fitzroy Coleman is remembered for his amazing chord innovation and superior musicianship.

Hong Kong Election Officials Disqualify Six Legislative Candidates for Not Being ‘Loyal’ Enough to China

"Would anyone on earth want his or her fate to be determined by others? Only a lackey would think so."

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