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Laos government bans online criticism

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:45PM UTC

The Bangkok Post (technically it is Reuters): Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the ruling party or government, state media reported, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict internet controls. According to legislation approved by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong last week, web users

Malaysia tightens the sedition screws again

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:36AM UTC Activist Adam Adli, left, smiles before being released on bail at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year. Pic: AP.

Malaysia is continuing its drastic crackdown on dissent, sentencing student activist Adam Adli Halim to a year in jail for statements he made at a forum in Kuala Lumpur in May last year accusing the government of voter fraud.

On media boundaries and the Deepika Padukone cleavage controversy

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:55AM UTC Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. Pic: AP.

Playing up Deepika Padukone’s breasts and cleavage by a leading media house was in bad taste, a violation, like a lewd comment. It is always the prerogative of the woman to say that she feels violated and for others to have the sense to back off.

Calling all bloggers and writers

By Sun, Sep 21, 2014 4:55PM UTC Calling all bloggers and writers

After four successful years, Siam Voices is looking to expand its writing team. We’re interested in hearing from journalists, bloggers and writers with a keen interest in current Thai affairs and a love of social media.

Malaysian activist Adam Adli sentenced to 1 year in jail for sedition

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:40PM UTC Activist Adam Adli, left, smiles before being released on bail at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court has sentenced an activist to a year in jail for remarks made at a forum last year that the court said could have incited the public to overthrow the government through street protests.

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