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Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible

By Thu, Jan 15, 2015 7:05PM UTC Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Pic: AP.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam’s leader says it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide accurate information to inform public opinion. The website of the state-run Young People newspaper reported that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Thursday told

Thai junta hunts down lèse majesté fugitives abroad

By Thu, Jan 15, 2015 1:54PM UTC Pic: AP.

The hunt for people suspected of breaking Thailand’s draconian lèse majesté law continues, with the military junta even looking to extradite those who have fled abroad while ultra-royalist vigilantism at home reaches a new absurd low.

Hong Kong: Pro-democracy media tycoon’s home attacked

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 1:27PM UTC Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, owner of the Hong Kong and Taiwan newspaper Apple Daily. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police are investigating after small firebombs were thrown at the home and business of a pro-democracy media magnate in an apparent intimidation attempt.

Thai junta takes further steps towards online mass surveillance, censorship

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 10:22AM UTC Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

A series of new orders and proposals suggests that Thailand’s military government has taken further steps to monitor and censor online content in continued efforts to curtail criticism of itself and the country’s monarchy.

Targeting family, China pressures US-based Uighur journalist

By Fri, Jan 09, 2015 9:53AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department is voicing deep concern that three brothers of a Washington-based journalist from a Chinese minority group have been imprisoned in China in retribution for his reporting. The journalist reports in Uighur language for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia. The Uighurs are a

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