Weekly Roundup, Episode 59

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in Paris, this episode of Weekly Roundup will cover the freedoms of speech and the press in certain Asian countries. The episode begins with an overview.

AHRC TV then turns to Pakistan, for a look at how satire is treated and how it is limited. Pakistani Lawyer Javeria Younes describes Pakistani reactions to the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Next, Pawinee Chumsri of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights provides details on Lese Majeste laws and how they are used to suppress speech in her home country.

AHRC TV then turns to the case of Htin Lin Oo, who has been charged for insulting Buddhism. Chief Court Advocate Thein Than Oo, however, explains there’s more to the arrest than is readily apparent.

From India, AHRC TV gets the input of journalist Mrinal Thalukdar regarding corporate control of the media.

Hong Kong is not immune from violent suppression of free press and free speech. AHRC TV ends the episode with information on recent attacks on critics in Hong Kong.

The bulletin can be watched online at AHRC YouTube. We welcome both human rights feeds to be considered for weekly news bulletin, and your suggestions to improve our news channel. Please write to news@ahrc.asia. You can also watch our Weekly Roundup on Facebook.

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