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The increased political risk of Thailand’s Facebook block

By Mon, Jun 30, 2014 12:00PM UTC Pic: AP.

The background is that on May 28 Facebook was unavailable in Thailand for around one hour. This was claimed to be because of technical issues and not that it was specifically blocked, but then mysteriously Facebook was then available again for all.  Most people fell into line and modified previous statements to follow

Online hate speech exposes dark side of social media in Burma

By Thu, Jun 26, 2014 4:07PM UTC Pic: AP.

Over the past few years, as the military junta has loosened its grip on the country, Burma’s people have flocked online to sites like Facebook. But while many have used these sites to express their thoughts and feelings for the progression of the country, there has also appeared a dark underside to what is being said online.

Vietnam upholds 2-year jail term against blogger

By Thu, Jun 26, 2014 3:02PM UTC Pic: AP.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam has upheld a two-year jail sentence against a well-known dissident blogger for posting online criticism of the communist government.

Thailand’s junta sets up media watchdogs to monitor anti-coup dissent

By Thu, Jun 26, 2014 11:00AM UTC This photo taken off the TV screen shows the blue screen with military crests that replaced all TV programming in Thailand last month. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s military junta has set up watchdogs to monitor all kinds of media for content that is deemed as “inciting hatred towards the monarchy” or providing “misinformation” that could potentially complicate the work of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), as the junta calls itself.

SKorea admits it used stand-in to act as captured fugitive

By Tue, Jun 24, 2014 7:27PM UTC A South Korean soldier whose body and face are covered by a blanket to deceive the media into thinking he is a murder suspect is carried on a stretcher to a hospital in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday. Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Defense Ministry has acknowledged it used a stand-in to portray a captured runaway soldier to deceive journalists as the real fugitive was taken to a hospital following a failed suicide attempt.

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