Category : Asia and Pacific

Malaysia: Cartoonist Zunar arrested on charges of sedition

Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, aka Zunar, was arrested on 26 November under the Sedition Act for his cartoons which are deemed insulting to the country's prime minister Najib Razak.

Malaysia: Cartoonist Zunar attacked by “pro-government thugs”

Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, aka Zunar, a Malaysian political cartoonist, continues to face harassment from the government and its supporters due to his work.

Malaysia imposes travel ban on award-winning cartoonist

Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who faces up to 43 years imprisonment for tweeting his cartoons criticising his country’s leaders reported on 17 October that he has had a travel ban imposed blocking him from travelling outside the country.

Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia

After 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to publish as of November 2016.

Bolo Bhi will continue to fight Pakistan’s cyber crimes law

Bolo Bhi is continuing its fight against Pakistan's recently enacted cyber crimes bill.

GreatFire: Tear down China’s Great Firewall

In April 2016 the US government called China’a Great Firewall a barrier to trade. It came in the months following the US criticising China over its cyber spying on American

Richard Neville, co-founder of Oz magazine, dies aged 74

Richard Neville, who co-founded the 1960s counterculture magazine Oz, has died. The satirical magazine poked fun at socially-conservative Austrailia and tackled taboo subjects

Pakistan passes Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill: “The youth of this country is losing hope”

Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a controversial Prevention of Electronics Crimes Bill on Thursday 11 August. The bill will permit the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to manage, remove or block content on the internet.

Press freedom groups call on Bangladesh to release British journalist

International groups have written to Bangladesh's government about the ongoing detention of Shafik Rehman, an elderly journalist.

#IndexAwards2016 Fellowship update: “We want change now”

In the short three months since the Index on Censorship Awards, the 2016 fellows have been busy striking for stronger freedom of expression around the world

Index award-winning GreatFire launches groundbreaking new site to test VPNs in China

Anti-censorship group GreatFire have launched a new service that will help internet users inside China live test how well different VPNs are working in the country