Though the Opposition has complained of the ban, the UN statement says that there has been an estimated 31 reported cases of social media and internet bans since 2012 in Jammu and Kashmir, and that this seems to be a “worrying pattern aimed at curbing protests and social unrest in the region”.
Thirty-one journalists, bloggers and media workers were killed in the period under review (May, 2015 to April, 2016) with India emerging as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. Afghanistan and Pakistan continued to remain dangerous places for journalists but the most concerning series of events were recorded in Bangladesh.
Around 2,000 staff and students at the University of Hong Kong took part in a silent rally on Tuesday afternoon to protest against the Council’s vote not to appoint Professor Johannes Chan as the pro-vice-chancellor of the University.
Thai political cartoonist Sakda Sae Iao was summoned to a meeting with his government’s National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) a day after publishing a cartoon contrasting Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s lip-service at the UN in support of civil rights with the continued suppression of free speech at home
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