13 Dec 2021

Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai and 7 others sentenced to prison over banned Tiananmen vigil

Chinese media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to up to 14 months behind bars for his participation in an unauthorized assembly last year to commemorate the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Mr. Lai was sentenced in a Hong Kong court along with seven other pro-democracy figures. Mr. Lai is the founder

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10 Aug 2021

Canadian citizen loses appeal against Chinese death penalty

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, a Canadian national, has lost his appeal against a death sentence in China that he received due to charges of drug smuggling. The Chinese court upheld the sentence due to the evidence against him being deemed sufficient. Schellenberg was initially sentenced to 15 years in jail, however,

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27 Jul 2021

First person charged under national security law found guilty in Hong Kong

In a landmark ruling, the first person to be charged under the controversial Hong Kong national security law imposed by China has been found guilty. The man, Tong Ying-kit, was charged with inciting secession and terrorism after he rode a motorbike into police while flying a flag calling for the

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09 Jun 2021

Iraq releases Iran-aligned commander Qasim Mahmoud Muslih

Iraq has released an Iran-aligned armed group commander who was previously arrested in May on terrorism-related charges. According to Iraqi officials, authorities were unable to find sufficient evidence against the commander, Qasim Mahmoud Muslih. Muslih was released at 8 am on Wednesday. His supporters gathered to greed him in Baghdad,

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24 May 2021

Ryanair CEO says forced landing in Belarus was “state-sponsored hijacking”

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has declared that the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger airplane by Belarusian officials was a state-sponsored hijacking attempt targeting a journalist and dissident on board. O’Leary claims that the diversion of the plane was an attempt by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to remove the journalist

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01 Apr 2021

Hong Kong court convicts media tycoon Jimmy Lai and other activists over peaceful protest

On Thursday, a Hong Kong court convicted pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and eight other prominent activists. The convictions were due to the individuals’ roles in an unauthorized assembly at the peak of the 2019 protests that followed the imposition of new, strict laws on Hong Kong, threatening its autonomy.

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19 Mar 2021

BBC journalist Aung Thura detained during Myanmar protests

A BBC reporter at the media outlet’s Burmese service has been detained in Myanmar as deadly clashes continue between security forces and protestors. According to witnesses, Aung Thura was taken away by men in plainclothes while reporting outside a court in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. BBC has

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23 Feb 2021

Nika Melia, Georgian opposition leader, is arrested at party HQ

Georgia’s main opposition leader, Nika Melia, has been arrested by police in a violent raid at his party’s headquarters. Melia’s supporters were dispersed with tear gas, and Mr Melia was brought out of the building in Tbilisi by riot police. The case against Melia is accusing him of inciting violent

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18 Jan 2021

Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow five months after being poisoned

Alexey Navalny, a key figure in Russia’s Kremlin opposition movement, was detained by police outside of Moscow on Sunday, just moments after his return to the country. Navalny was poisoned by an unknown actor roughly five months ago with the nerve agent Novichok, threatening his life. Navalny was able to

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11 Dec 2020

Hong Kong Police Charge Media Mogul Jimmy Lai With Foreign Collusion

Jimmy Lai, a 73-year-old Chinese media mogul who runs a pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, has been charged with foreign collusion. Lai’s charges represent the most high-profile figure charged under the security law imposed on Hong Kong by China to eradicate dissent and pro-democracy ideology. Hong Kong claims that Lai

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