Opposition newspaper shuts down in Hungary
Publication of Hungary’s biggest opposition newspaper has been suspended, its owner said on Saturday, stoking concerns about media freedom under right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Pakistan bars journalist from leaving the country
Prominent Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida has been put on Pakistan’s Exit Control List after publishing a front-page story that appeared to confirm long suspected rumours of a rift between the country’s civilian and military leaderships.

Vietnam arrests a top blogger for criticizing government
The authorities in Vietnam said on Tuesday that they had arrested a popular blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who writes under the pen name Mother Mushroom on politically sensitive topics, including a dump of toxic chemicals that devastated fishing communities and set off protests.

Thai “red shirt” leader jailed for violating bail with “harsh words”
A Thai court jailed Jatuporn Prompan, leader of the “red shirt” opposition group, on Tuesday, ruling that he violated bail conditions by using “harsh words against others” while talking politics on TV. Jatuporn was charged in 2010 with terrorism.

Op-Ed: Journalists—Ramzan Kadyrov has silenced us all
Even helping outsiders tell the story of what is going on inside Chechnya has serious consequences. If foreign journalists write a story that is critical of the young president, Ramzan Kadyrov, or his government, the first thing the police will do is track down the locals who helped them.


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