Stories from 6 May 2021
Georgia toughens penalties for administrative offences
Georgian MPs have passed legislative amendments that introduce harsher fines and longer periods of pre-trial arrest for offenses that are routinely used by police to detain street protesters.
Angolan government bans Brazilian TV channel, alleging ‘irregularities’
The government justified the suspension of Record TV África with the fact that its executive director was a "non-national" citizen. The network has since replaced him with an Angolan director.
With shrinking wetlands, population of Nepal's elusive fishing cats is poised to decline
The unique cat species is declining in number as their habitat of wetlands is shrinking, being turned into agricultural and developmental areas.
Two Malaysian artists face police probe for online commentary and artwork
"The persecution of artists such as Zunar and Fahmi stifles creative expression, chills public discourse, and undermines trust in Malaysian authorities."