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Booksellers at Hong Kong’s annual book fair have indulged in self-censorship, offering a reduced selection of “politically sensitive” books.
Yet another setback for independent journalism in Russia as authorities designate Project Media Inc. as an “undesirable foreign organization”.
Belarusian authorities raid independent newsrooms and human rights organizations, imprisoning journalists for their activities.
In a closed-door trial Friday, a Vietnam court jailed former radio journalist and pro-democracy activist Pham Chi Thanh for over 5 years.
Journalists are not safe even in Europe. Popular Dutch crime journalists Peter R de Vries, 64, was shot minutes after leaving a TV studio.
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily’s shutdown and arrest of its journalists was another heinous chapter in Asia’s erosion of press liberties.
The Hong Kong museum commemorating China’s deadly 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests closed Wednesday three days after opening.
Even back home in sleepy Virginia, Journalist Nathan Maung jailed for reporting Myanmar’s bloody coup can’t forget those left behind.
Given the importance of what political science studies, from democratization to genocide, a false concept escaping might be dangerous.