On 27 April 2013, Jitendra Singh – a 43-year-old journalist contributor to Hindi daily Prabhat Khabhar in Murhu in Khunti district, was shot dead by members of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) — a breakaway faction of CPI (Maoist) active in Khunti, Simdega, Gumla districts. A letter found in Singh’s pocket said he [ Read entire post ]
On 10 May 2013, Winner of the 2013 Netizen Prize, Chenh and his daughter were stopped at Ho Chi Minh City airport as they were about to board a flight to the United States to collect the award. Chenh’s blog is very popular in Vietnam although it is blocked by the authorities and can be [ Read entire post ]
On 12 May 2013, lawyer and activist – Jaya Vindhyalaya, was arrested under section 66A of the Information and Communications Technology act for posting allegedly posting defamatory remarks on Facebook against a local politician. The Act can send a person to jail for three years for sending an email or other electronic message that “causes [ Read entire post ]
On 10 May 2013, He Bing – professor at Beijing’s University of Politics and Law, was blocked from posting further on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service “for deliberately spreading rumours”. He had reposted claims about a murder dating from 2009, Xinhua added, citing China’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO), a unit set up in 2011 [ Read entire post ]
On 27 April, activist Liu Ping and a number of others were detained by police and charged with subversion after her campaign to have leaders disclose their financial assets. One of Ms Liu’s lawyers went to Xinyu City in China’s south-eastern Jiangxi province to see her, but police denied the request, citing national security reasons.
On 8 May 2013, former political prisoner Nay Myo Zin had his pardon revoked. He was sentenced to three months in jail after allegedly telling farmers in a land dispute in the Irrawaddy delta that local police had accepted bribes. Because of this convicted, he has to serve a further six years of his original [ Read entire post ]