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Forget Genuine, Rights-Respecting Democracy

Forget Genuine, Rights-Respecting Democracy

Thailand. General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, who seized power in a coup in May 2014, said in August that the election should take place on February 24. Previous time-lines for a poll were repeatedly pushed back. Human Rights ...

Media Regulator Intimidates Voice TV, Again

Media Regulator Intimidates Voice TV, Again

Pressures from Thailand’s media regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has forced Voice TV to suspend two news commentators for alleged partiality and frequently reportin ...

Political autonomy is not part of the equation

Political autonomy is not part of the equation

Thailand’s junta chief General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that political restrictions would be eased to allow political parties to conduct political activities – limited and obviously closely-monitored activi ...

Body Politics

Body Politics

“To me, art is always political. One way or another, whether or not you, as an artist, you think it or not. It doesn’t matter. To me, it’s always political. Because, if everything’s already go ...

Malaysia: Lawan Berita Palsu Dengan Fakta, Bukan Akta

Malaysia: Lawan Berita Palsu Dengan Fakta, Bukan Akta

Malaysia’s government has introduced a sweeping “anti-fake news” bill that critics say could stifle criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his supremacist political party before a national election later t ...

Big Brother is Watching You

Big Brother is Watching You

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists “Thailand’s cybercrime law was already a grave threat to journalists who work online. These vague and overbroad amendments will only accentuate the danger,” ...

#BebasMedia – Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

#BebasMedia – Whoever Controls the Media, Controls the Mind

Grafik Rebel Untuk Protes & Aktivisme (Grupa) views the recent decision by the Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission to block news portal The Malaysian Insider as another blatant attempt by the despe ...

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Attitude Readjustment to Stop Your Thoughts

Phumtham Wachayachai, the present secretary of Pheu Thai Party, had expressed his concerns about the situation in Thailand. The recent situation was when Pichai Nariptapan and Karoon Hosakul were detained by the jun ...

Police ban West Papuan rally, crack down on gatherings

Police ban West Papuan rally, crack down on gatherings

A number of peaceful protests and cultural parades, planned to protest the signing of the New York Agreement on the 15 August 1962 have been banned by the police in West Papua. The peaceful protests co-ordinated by t ...

Ban on Papua Magazine, Attempt to Block the Press?

Ban on Papua Magazine, Attempt to Block the Press?

The Press Council says the ban on the first edition of Papua’s Pelita Magazine is considered as an attempt to block the press. Fidelis Jeminta, chief editor of Pelita Papua, said this was ordinary news with no larg ...

An interview with freedom fighter Benny Wenda in Oxford
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An interview with freedom fighter Benny Wenda in Oxford

An interview with Benny Wenda of the Free West Papua Campaign in Oxford, UK, on 18 May 2013. Topics included: TedX Sydney appearance, the opening of the Free West Papua Campaign Office in Oxford, Victor Yeimo, Human ...

Sebby Sambom: ‘Imprisonment will never silence Papuans’

Sebby Sambom: ‘Imprisonment will never silence Papuans’

A leading Papuan human rights activist has said that the Indonesian government will never be able to silence the Papuan struggle by putting Papuans behind bars. ...

Reports of 3 Foreigners arrested in Fak-fak, West Papua

Reports of 3 Foreigners arrested in Fak-fak, West Papua

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that three foreigners have been arrested by Indonesian police in the west coast town of Fak-fak, West Papua, for taking photographs at a demonstration on March 19. ...

Recovering the State of West Papua, Sentenced to Three Years in Jail

Recovering the State of West Papua, Sentenced to Three Years in Jail

Forkorus Yoboisembut, Edison Gladius Waromi, Agustinus M. Sananay Kraar, Selpius Bobii and Dominikus Sorabut were sentenced to three years in prison, Friday (16/3). They were charged with founding the independent sta ...

Jayapura 5 wait for international support; verdict coming March 16th

Jayapura 5 wait for international support; verdict coming March 16th

The twelfth hearing of the trial of the Jayapura5 was held in the Jayapura district court on 12 March. The defendants stuck to their routine of saying prayers before the hearing and as well as giving speeches afterw ...

West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict
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West Papua: Violence and oppression against musicians in forgotten conflict

With human rights observers and foreign media banned from working in West Papua, a ‘forgotten conflict’ of what some Papuans term ‘Indonesian occupation’ has been off the international radar. ...