Tag: Asia

India: Blogger Arrested Over ‘Blasphemy Against Islam’ on Facebook

In the early hours of September 15, 2016, prominent atheist blogger and ‘freethinker’ Tarak Biswas was arrested at his home in West Bengal over a Facebook post which was considered critical of Islam. Mere minutes after his post was made, a First Information Report (or FIR) was filed by local Trinamool Congress leader Sanaullah Khan, demanding that the Howrah Police Commissionerate take action…

Vietnamese Blogger Arrested for Anti-State Facebook Posts

Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, a prominent 37-year-old blogger and civil rights activist, was arrested in Vietnam over “propagandizing against the state” on Facebook. The award-winning activist, known to be critical towards the Vietnamese government, is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Quynh was arrested on October 10 in her home town of Nha Trang, South Central Coast of Vietnam, by police and…

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Thailand: 9 Activists Jailed Over Facebook Posts Criticising Ruling Junta

Nine activists were arrested in Bangkok over Facebook comments critical of Thailand’s ruling junta and its leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The activists referred in their critical Facebook comments to the new draft constitution made by the ruling junta after seizing power in a May 2014 coup. The charter was drafted following the retraction of an old constitution committed to elections in Thailand by 2017. The new draft constitution has been stirring great…

Vietnam Sentenced Blogger to 5 Years in Jail Over Anti-Government Blog Posts

Nguyen Huu Vinh, a 60 year-old Vietnamese blogger, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Hanoi to five years in prison over publishing anti-state blog posts. The prominent blogger was given the sentence along with his assistant, 36 year-old Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who will be serving three years behind bars. Both were convicted under Article 258 of the penal code for “abusing democratic freedoms…