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Stories about South-Asia

31 March 2015

Another Blogger Hacked to Death: Is Free Thinking Becoming Fatal in Bangladesh?

A young man named Oyasiqur Rahman Babu was killed in Bangladesh by religious fanatics in the second such incident in a month's time.

25 March 2015

India's Supreme Court Axes Online Censorship Law, But Challenges Remain

People in India are cheering after the Indian Supreme Court struck down IT Act Section 66A, calling it a violation of free expression.

31 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

21 November 2014

University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners is Killed in Bangladesh

A Facebook group claimed responsibility for hacking to death a university professor. After a few days of receiving abuse reports from users, Facebook took down the page.

9 September 2014

Student in Kerala, India Arrested for Insulting National Anthem

Salman Zalman, a philosophy student and an activist from Kerala, was charged with sedition for his Facebook activities, and for allegedly "disrespecting" the Indian national anthem.

25 August 2014

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Many have raised questions about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh -- analysts say it is regressive and will control the media.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

The messages came just before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

18 August 2014

Journalist and Democracy Advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla Missing in the Maldives

The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.

1 April 2014

Teenage Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Posts

Fellow bloggers have accused an Islamist student organization of distributing false propaganda that rallied a mob against the two bloggers and led to their arrest.

11 June 2013

Bangladesh Unblocks YouTube After Eight-Month Ban

Bangladesh's telecommunication authorities have unblocked YouTube in Bangladesh after 260 days of restricting access within the country to the video sharing website.