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This Week in Freedom of Expression 2018–08–26


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/08/26

“As ASEAN celebrates its 51st anniversary this month, I wonder whether freedom of expression and press freedom can become part of its values.

Looking around, the signs are not very promising.

According to the Reporters Without Border 2018 press freedom index, all ASEAN member states rank poorly in the bottom third of the world.

Of 180 countries, Indonesia was ranked 124 while the Philippines is at №133. From there, it’s a steep plunge. Myanmar is at 137 and Juntaland-Thailand ranks 140. Hun Sen’s Cambodia sits at 142 followed by Malaysia at 145, Singapore 151, Brunei 153 and Laos 170.”


Jakarta. The executive board of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest independent Muslim organization, said complaints about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers should not be considered blasphemy, after the Medan District Court in North Sumatra sentenced an Indonesian woman of Chinese descent to 18 months in prison for insulting Islam.

“I don’t think a complaint about the volume of a mosque’s speakers is an expression of hate or hostility towards a certain group or religion,” Robikin Emhas, the board’s head of legal affairs and human rights, said in a statement on Tuesday (21/08), as reported by state-run news agency Antara.

Meiliana, 44, was found guilty of blasphemy for saying that the Islamic call to prayer coming from a mosque near her home was too loud and that it hurt her ears, when she asked for the volume to be turned down.”


“Words get lost in today’s world and more often than not you miss out on expressing your InnerVoice, so the elite evening organized by Transcon was crafted to give a glimpse of all the luxuries and triumph through thoughtful tales that were expressed in feelings.

Mumbai — The City of Dreams, where the dreams are big, but the time is short. The charm of the city can be alluring at first, but can often lead to burnout to those that cannot keep up with the stresses and pace of the city, turning it unfortunately then, into a nightmare.

With a pace that never pauses, a hustle that constantly has people competing for those limited dreams and space that is at the top, it has become imperative to find a right balance that can help maintain the sanity and enjoy the journey like it is truly a dream!”


“Responding to news that a Tajikistani court has released independent journalist and prisoner of conscience Khayrullo Mirsaidov after more than eight months behind bars for making allegations of government corruption, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said:

“The release of Khayrullo Mirsaidov is welcome, but he should never have been charged in the first place. We will continue to call on the Tajikistani authorities to immediately quash Khayrullo’s conviction and to undertake a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into his allegations of government corruption.””



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