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HRF to UN: Investigate Arbitrary Arrests in Cambodia and Iran

Today, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) submitted two individual complaints to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) requesting that it initiate a formal investigation into the arrest, pre-trial detention, and unwarranted charges of Cambodian journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, as well as the wrongful conviction and harsh sentencing of Iranian web programmer Saeed  Malekpour.

Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official

Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event featuring a pro-independence politician at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in August, effectively barring him from working in the city.

Journalists Jailed in Record Numbers Worldwide

Journalists are being jailed in unprecedented numbers across the globe, with 262 detained for their work at the end of 2017, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Interview: ‘The Trial Was Just a Way to Silence The Journalists’

Amal Clooney, a member of the legal team representing two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar after being convicted under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, was in New York Sept. 28 to attend a press freedom event on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Released Aussie Filmmaker ‘Will Be Banned From Cambodia’

Khieu Sopheak, interior ministry spokesman, said Ricketson would “have no opportunity to return to Cambodia again.”

The future is bleak, says ‘A Cambodian Spring’ director Chris Kelly

In the run up to its screening at this year’s FreedomFilmFest, Southeast Asia Globe speaks to the director of 2017 documentary A Cambodian Spring, which highlights the infamous land disputes of Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh and charts the return of prominent opposition politician Sam Rainsy.

Vietnamese Citizen Handed Two-Year Prison Term For Facebook Writings

A Vietnamese citizen active on Facebook was sentenced on Monday by a court in Can Tho province to a two year and three month prison term for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State,” state media reported on Sept. 24.

Family of James Ricketson ‘hesitant’ about film-maker returning to Cambodia

Australian ‘grateful to have his freedom’ after 15 months in prison as family urge 69-year-old to ‘chill out’ and take ‘time to reflect’.

Aussie filmmaker back home after 15 months in Cambodia jail on accusations of spying

James Ricketson is back in Sydney after 15 months in a Phnom Penh prison on accusations of spying. But he has promised he will return to Cambodia.

‘I don’t love Cambodia any less’: Ricketson home after ‘spy’ ordeal

James Ricketson is back in Sydney after 15 months in a Phnom Penh prison on accusations of spying. But he has promised he will return to Cambodia.

Filmmaker James Ricketson could return to Cambodia after royal pardon, his lawyer says

Filmmaker James Ricketson could return to Cambodia after royal pardon, his lawyer says Australian filmmaker James Ricketson is expected to return to Sydney today after being pardoned on an espionage conviction, but his lawyer says "he will be back in Cambodia".

Cambodia pardons Australian film-maker James Ricketson

Documentary maker was jailed for espionage this year after flying drone over electoral rally.

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson granted royal pardon

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who last month was convicted by a Phnom Penh court of espionage, has been granted a royal pardon.

Retired Vietnamese Teacher Handed 14-Year Prison Term in Subversion Trial

A retired teacher who posted writings on his Facebook page criticizing Vietnam’s government was convicted on Wednesday of trying to overthrow the state and was handed a 14-year prison term in a sentence his lawyer called “unjustified and much too harsh.”

Former Columnist Jailed For Social Media Criticism of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

A court in Yangon has sentenced a former newspaper columnist for state media to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine for violating a sedition law by criticizing Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on social media, in the latest challenge to freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country.

Former RFA Journalists Appeal for Spying Case to Be Dropped

The former RFA reporters were held without charge for 48 hours after their arrest, they told the court, which broke the law.

China Clamps Down on Public Discussion of African Swine Flu Outbreaks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is clamping down on any public discussion of an outbreak of African swine fever among its pig population, shutting down social media accounts and detaining users who warn others not to eat pork.

Three Vietnamese Facebook Users Missing, Feared Detained

Three Vietnamese citizens active on Facebook have disappeared in police custody during the last week, with local authorities dodging questions from family members about those believed to have been detained, Vietnamese sources said.

Labor wants clemency for James Ricketson

Federal Labor has joined calls for Australian filmmaker and convicted spy James Ricketson to be granted clemency by Cambodia.

James Ricketson to seek Cambodian king’s pardon after spying conviction

Jailed Australian film-maker’s son says six years in prison ‘will kill’ his father and pleads for the king to show mercy.

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