Fifa candidate linked to Bahrain crackdown

Human rights organisations have reacted with alarm to the Bahraini royal Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa becoming the new favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter as Fifa president, citing his family’s role in the brutal suppression of the country’s pro-democracy demonstrations in 2011. Sheikh Salman, the Asian Football Confederation president, is[…]

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China says thousands arrested for online crime

Chinese authorities say police have arrested 15,000 people on suspicion of cybercrime, including hacking, online fraud and illegal sale of personal information. The Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday that police have investigated more than 7,400 cases of alleged online crimes, leading to the arrests. It did not say[…]

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Targets of China’s censorship policies

This is part 2 on media censorship and abuse in the People’s Republic of China Censorship in China is a rather broad and diverse phenomenon covering all areas of information, whether it’s expounded via the internet, radio and television content, print publications, casual literature, or the performing arts. The restrictions[…]

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Myanmar police charge at student protesters

Hundreds of Myanmar police and hired thugs charged at students protesting a new education law on Tuesday, pummeling them with batons and then dragging them into trucks, ending a weeklong standoff. Witnesses said many of the demonstrators suffered injuries, some to the head. Police also chased after journalists, scattering them.[…]

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