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A former senior editor of Hong Kong’s shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily was arrested by national security police on Wednesday morning. A police source told AFP that former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung had been detained. In a statement, police said they had arrested a 51-year-old former newspaper editor for “collusion with foreign forces”, a national […]




The United States on Tuesday voiced alarm over what it called a deteriorating climate for press freedom in Bangladesh, which has increasingly made use of a draconian digital security law. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a close partner of the United States, which has welcomed her support on climate change and against Islamic […]




Louis Vuitton, Porsche and Bulgari on Tuesday joined a legion of brands in dropping Chinese-Canadian pop idol Kris Wu, as sexual assault allegations swirling around the star drew condemnation across Chinese social media. The scandal has parallels with China’s #MeToo movement sparked by Chinese feminists in 2018, where women were empowered to voice their experiences […]




Chinese pop idol Kris Wu denied date raping a teenage student Monday, as brands began severing ties with the star. Wu shot to fame as a member of the South Korean boy band EXO, and has racked up a slew of lucrative acting, modelling and singing gigs in China since leaving the group in 2014. […]




Egypt on Sunday freed six activists including journalist Esraa Abdel-Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 revolution, just days after Washington warned Cairo over a crackdown on rights activists. Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2014, the former army chief has overseen a sweeping crackdown on dissent. On Wednesday, the United States warned Egypt […]




Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.