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Former South African president Jacob Zuma was reportedly released from prison on Friday after incumbent South African president Cyril Ramaphosa approved a remission (i.e. early release) of non-violent offenders. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months prison in July 2021 for refusing to testify before a panel that investigated financial corruption and cronyism under his presidency. [...]

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Hong Kong’s Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal on Monday against the High Court’s judgment which refused to grant an injunction to prohibit “Glory to Hong Kong,” a popular protest song. The DOJ said that the Secretary for Justice Paul Lam applied for the injunction to discharge the Hong Kong government’s constitutional responsibility to [...]

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Hong Kong’s national security police reportedly took away and questioned the ex-wife and two children of Elmer Yuan Gong-yi on Thursday. Yuan, who has fled Hong Kong, is a pro-democracy activist wanted by Hong Kong authorities as a fugitive accused of violating the National Security Law. Hong Kong police questioned Yuan’s ex-wife and children at [...]

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Myanmar state television MRTV reported on Monday that Myanmar’s ruling junta has postponed an election that it previously promised to hold in August this year. Instead, leader of the junta General Min Aung Hlaing extended the country’s state of emergency period for another six months, starting on August 1. The state of emergency was initially [...]

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The High Court of Hong Kong refused the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) application for an injunction to prohibit “Glory to Hong Kong” on Friday. “Glory to Hong Kong” is a song associated with Hong Kong’s 2019 anti-government protests, which the government asserted insulted the Chinese national anthem. In considering the effectiveness and necessity of granting [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW), along with 13 other human rights organizations such as Access Now and the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), called on the Jordanian government on Monday to withdraw a proposed cybercrime law currently under discussion in Parliament. The organizations held that the bill, which will replace Jordan’s 2015 cybercrimes law, would [...]

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Hong Kong’s Eastern Magistrates’ Courts sentenced photographer Cheng Wing-chun to three months prison on Thursday for violating the National Anthem Ordinance. Cheng, who was found guilty on July 5, is the first person tried under the ordinance. Cheng was convicted because he purportedly insulted the Chinese national anthem by replacing the anthem with “Glory to [...]

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Hong Kong Secretary for Security Chris Tang told state-owned newspaper Wen Wei Po on Monday that the Hong Kong government is addressing “soft resistance” and online behavior that might threaten national security in its efforts to implement Article 23 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The term “soft resistance” refers to subtle methods of sowing distrust [...]

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Zing News, a popular Vietnamese online magazine owned by one of Vietnam’s foremost digital organizations VNG Corporation, announced Thursday that it will be suspending publications for three months starting on July 14. This comes after an investigation by the inspector of the Ministry of Information and Communications. Zing News stated that it will focus on [...]

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The National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) reportedly raided the family home of fugitive pro-democracy activist Nathan Law on Tuesday. Law is accused of violating the National Security Law, which was passed on June 30, 2020. Having fled Hong Kong for the United Kingdom (UK), Law is alleged to have committed offenses [...]

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