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Myanmar elections: Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party wins early seats
Initial results from Myanmar’s freest election in a generation started to trickle in Monday, with early seats going to the party of democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. After turning out to polling stations Sunday, millions of citizens are eagerly anticipating the official results, which could herald a shift from decades of military-dominated rule. CNN

Egyptian journalist Hossam Bahgat detained over investigative story
In Egypt, one of the country’s most prominent rights defenders, Hossam Bahgat, was detained and is being interrogated on charges of publishing false news that could harm the nation. Recently Bahgat, 36, has emerged as a standout investigative journalist in a country where much of the news media has been cowed into toeing the state line. NPR

Independent Hong Kong book-sellers missing, believed detained
Four people linked to a Hong Kong bookstore which has stocked titles highly critical of the ruling Chinese Communist Party have been “delayed,” believed detained by Chinese authorities, while on a visit to Thailand. Owner Gui Haiming, general manager Lu Bo, store manager Lin Rongji, and staff member Zhang Zhiping of publisher and bookstore company Sage Communications are believed to be in China after having been detained there or in Thailand, their associates reported. RADIO FREE ASIA

Rugby league journalist attacked in London
A sports journalist in the UK is in an induced coma in hospital after he was attacked in London. Gary Carter, a freelance rugby league and football reporter, was due to cover the Kiwis test with England at the weekend but he was found outside Bethnal Green station with head injuries in the early hours of Friday morning, according to BBC reports. STUFF.CO.NZ

As hardliners crack down, Iran’s president calls for freer media
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for more transparent media regulations on Sunday in an apparent attempt to shield journalists from a crackdown by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a hardline force virulently opposed to Western influence. REUTERS

Malaysian police raid independent website
As an indication of Malaysia’s deepening crackdown on dissent, for the second time in four days police have raided the offices of Malaysiakini, the country’s biggest independent news website, threatening criminal defamation charges over a story that the Law Minister, Nancy Shukri, had already confirmed as accurate. The site says it will “continue to publish” in the face of crackdown and threats over stories on the prime minister’s scandals. ASIA SENTINEL

Opinion: TPP could potentially blow up free Internet
After years of secrecy, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been released to the public. The shadowy process and overreaching scope of the deal have sparked an international outcry; it’s been roundly condemned as an attack on worker’s rights, the environment, public health, small businesses, and startups. But perhaps the biggest concern is over the impact that it will have on the internet. THE GUARDIAN

In Bangladesh, blogging can get you killed
A blogger who recently escaped Bangladesh after his name appeared on several kill lists reflects on what the recent murder of Faisal Arefin Dipon and others means for the future of free thought in Bangladesh. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL