Tag: freedom

China detains activists in year-end crackdown

by Jing Xuan TENG Over a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or went missing in the final days of 2019 in a crackdown on participants of a private democracy gathering, rights groups said Thursday. The Chinese government has severely reduced the space for civil...

Chinese students defiant as university charter cuts ‘freedom of thought’

A top Chinese university has removed references to "freedom of thought" from its charter, triggering a rare act of student defiance, while two other institutions added language stressing fealty to President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party. A video circulating this week showed students at...

Rappler journalist Ressa launches defence in Philippine libel case

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa said Monday she would not be silenced as she launched her defence against a libel charge that press advocates call an attempt to curb her news site's critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte. Her site Rappler has written extensively and often...

Malaysia to have a Freedom of Information Act to replace OSA

The government will draw up a Freedom of Information Act to replace the Official Secrets Act 1972, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He says the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption, which he chaired, has agreed in principle that sufficient time must be given...

Singaporean woman says living in China better than in Singapore

Nicole Ling took to Facebook to talk about “the real communist state,” surprisingly referring to Singapore. The netizen has been living in China of late and decided to expose on social media the difference between living in the two countries. First, she talked about the...