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Sri Lanka bans NGO news conferences, releases

By Wed, Jul 09, 2014 6:33PM UTC Sri Lankan national flag. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has banned civil activist groups from holding news conferences and training for journalists, with the organizations rejecting the move as unconstitutional.

China importer scraps plan to sell Hillary Clinton memoir

By Mon, Jun 30, 2014 2:52PM UTC Hillary Rodham Clinton. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A book importer in China says it won’t distribute Hillary Clinton’s memoir “Hard Choices” due to sensitive content. An employee at Shanghai Book Traders’ main office said Monday that it had canceled plans to distribute the book after discovering the content.

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.

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