BEIJING: China's LGBT community has had a tough year: Censors have shut down social media forums, news media have curbed coverage of gay issues, and online shops have removed rainbow-themed products.The tighter restrictions have led the LGBT community in China - fearing a crackdown - to prepare for muted celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Friday (May 17)."We don't really know what to do. The LGBT community in many ways is being bullied and the sense of powerlessness becomes stronger," said Rush, a university student who only gave her pen name for fear of repercussions.For last year's International Day, diversity events sprung up across the country's universities where many students voluntarily distributed rainbow badges and flyers to show their support for LGBT groups.But the unprecedented scale of the celebrations caught the attention of the authorities.This year, only a few small-scale screenings of LGBT movies will be held in … [Read more...] about Fewer rainbows, less social media for China’s LGBT community
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GEORGE TOWN: Penang exco Jagdeep Singh Deo (pix) called on real estate stakeholders to seek for a new landfill site on the island, to reduce illegal dumping in the state. According to Jagdeep, the numerous illegal dumping incidents such as the recent footage of two men dumping rubbish into the sea near Farquhar Street which went viral on social media, have raised concerns among the real estate players. “We believe that the root cause of the illegal dumping activities is the high cost of transporting wastes to dumpsites on the mainland,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session chaired by Penang branch of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) here. He said the dumpsite at Jelutong has almost reached its capacity and would be closed to make way for a 40-ha mixed development site. “We welcome parties who could assist the state government in resolving the issue,” he said. Jagdeep added that it was also proposed that the minimum penalty for … [Read more...] about Penang govt in search of new landfill on island
SINGAPORE - The leading media in Asia have agreed to collaborate to promote World News Day, in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of professional newsrooms and quality journalism for proper governance and society in the region. Fifteen editors from across Asia agreed on Tuesday (May 7) to produce content to mark the day, which falls on May 2. It was started in 2018 by the Canadian Journalism Foundation to celebrate the work of journalists and raise awareness of the value of fair, independent journalism. The plan to lend their support was one of the initiatives proposed by the media honchos who gathered in Singapore for the inaugural meeting of the World Editors Forum (WEF) Asia Chapter. During the discussion at the revamped newsroom of The Straits Times, the editors also brainstormed on how to improve capacities across newsrooms in Asia. They agreed to share best practices on newsroom transformation. These include sharing experiences and learning points from the … [Read more...] about Major Asian media to work together to promote World News Day
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
By Bharatha Mallawarachi And Krishan Francis The Associated Press Tues., April 30, 2019 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka on Tuesday lifted a social media ban that was imposed after the Daesh-claimed Easter bombings, a sign of security easing even as a Cabinet minister said he and others had received intelligence that they could be targeted by the same group in possible new attacks. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ended the blocking of Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular sites, but asked the public to “act in a responsible manner” on social media, according to a government statement. The government had said it was seeking to curb the spread of misinformation when it blocked social media in the wake of the April 21 bombings at churches and luxury hotels that killed 253 people. Sri Lankan officials have warned that suspects linked to the bombings are still at large, and on Tuesday, Sri Lanka’s health minister, Rajitha Senarathna, said he … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts