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A wake-up call to Asia, tackle your own 'Asian hate'

For expatriates like me, an unexpected upside to life in Bangkok during the COVID-19 outbreak is that it has become significantly easier to hail a taxi. Before the pandemic, drivers would often ignore me or try to rip me off, thinking I was among the millions of ...

YUKAKO ONO

Veteran Myanmar Activist Faces Hate Speech Charges

The prominent democracy activist Ko Mya Aye, who has spent more than three months behind bars since the February coup, faces hate speech charges under Article 505(c) of the Penal Code for incitement, which carries up to two years in prison. According to his family, the ...

THE IRRAWADDY

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over virus

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a flare-up in such online hate speech as well as ...

Reporting by Shoon Naing in Yangon; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Sam Holmes

Facebook’s experimental hate-speech policy seems to be working

Wearing a plastic face shield and his orange monastic robes, Ashin Wirathu walked into a Yangon police station on November 2 after more than a year on the run. Until he went into hiding in June of last year, Wirathu, a nationalist preacher with links ...

PETER GUEST

Myanmar polls: Facebook under scrutiny over hate speech

One of two Muslims allowed to run for the governing party in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s general election on Sunday, Sithu Maung, worries fake news on Facebook could damage his chances. Within a torrent of racist abuse and misinformation posted about him ahead of the polls are false ...

Reuters

Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ vs ‘Bengali’ Hate Speech Debate

Rohingya activists have accused the Myanmar Press Council, a quasi-government media adjudication and ethics body,  of defending the practice of using the word “Bengali” to refer to the Rohingya. Rights groups and Rohingya advocates argue that the term amounts to “hate speech” and that it is ...

Shafiur Rahman

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