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Journalist jailed for waving British-Hong Kong flag during China national anthem

  • Paula Leung, a 42-year-old Hong Kong journalist, was jailed after waving a British-Hong Kong flag when China’s national anthem was played at an Olympic award ceremony in July 2021.
  • On Thursday, the Kwun Tong magistrates’ court sent Leung to prison for three months.
  • The conviction marks the first time an individual has been jailed for insulting the country’s national anthem.

A Hong Kong journalist was jailed after waving a British-Hong Kong flag when China’s national anthem was played at an Olympic award ceremony.

Paula Leung, 42, pleaded guilty to insulting the national anthem by waving the colonial-era flag as the medal ceremony for Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung was shown on a big screen at APM shopping mall on July 26, 2021. 

Journalist critical of Duterte and Marcos administrations shot dead in the Philippines

  • Filipino radio journalist Percival Mabasa was shot dead in an ambush by two assailants on a motorcycle in Manila, Philippines, on Monday night.
  • Mabasa, who hosted his program “Lapid Fire” on DWBL 1242, had been a prominent critic of former President Rodrigo Duterte and the current Ferdinand Marcos Jr. administration.
  • The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the International Federation of Journalists and Mabasa’s family condemned the murder and called for justice.
  • No arrests have been made in relation to this case.

Filipino radio journalist Percival Mabasa, who had been a prominent critic of the Duterte and Marcos administrations, was shot dead in the Philippines.  

Mabasa, 63, was driving to work at the DWBL radio station when he was killed in an ambush by two assailants on a motorcycle by the gate of his residential compound in Las Pinas, Manila, at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP)

Pakistani journalist reporting on deadly floods while neck-deep in water goes viral

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  • A Pakistani news anchor has gone viral for reporting on the country’s flooding while immersed in neck-deep waters.
  • A video clip shows only the reporter’s head above water as he reports on the disaster.
  • Since mid-June, torrential downpours and flooding have left a third of the country flooded and at least 1,033 people dead, including 348 children along with 1,527 more injured.
  • The country is going through its eighth monsoon cycle, although it typically only goes through three to four cycles.
  • The clip has garnered over 34,000 views since being uploaded on Saturday.

A viral video shows a Pakistani anchor reporting on the country’s deadly flooding while submerged up to his neck in water.

In a clip shared to Twitter by @anuragamitabh, the anchor can be seen clinging onto a nearby rock with one hand while holding a microphone in the other. As he reports on the floods in Pakistan, only his head and arms can be seen as he continues to drift away with the flood’s current.

Human rights journalist in Vietnam sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for ‘conducting propaganda’

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A renowned journalist dubbed the “leading voice for human rights” in Vietnam by Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah was recently sentenced to nine years in prison. 

The trial: On Tuesday, Hanoi People’s Court judges found the 43-year-old, award-winning Vietnamese writer Pham Doan Trang guilty of “conducting propaganda against the state,” CNN reported. 

Journalist jailed for covering COVID-19 in Wuhan ‘may not live for much longer,’ says brother

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Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist who was arrested for covering the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China, is reportedly near death after going on a hunger strike to protest her four-year imprisonment sentence.

Near-death: Zhang, 38, is now severely underweight from her hunger strike and “may not live for much longer,” her brother Zhang Ju said, according to Agence France-Presse via The Guardian.

Journalist critical of Duterte’s drug war becomes first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize awardee

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Journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of news outlet Rappler, became the first Filipino recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize award on Friday. She shares the prestigious honor with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. 

Press freedom advocates: On Friday, the pair, who both angered their respective local rulers with their work, received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 in recognition of the significance of press freedom in modern times, reported CNN.

NYT Reporter Warns Conservative Writer Andy Ngo is a ‘Real Threat’, Should Be Censored on Twitter

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Sarah Jeong, the New York Times reporter who made headlines in 2018 for antagonizing white people, has branded conservative journalist Andy Ngo “dangerous” and called for his censorship on Twitter.

In a tweet posted on Jan. 9, Jeong cited a thread from Donovan Farley, another journalist who claimed that Ngo repeatedly “willfully deceives his followers into a frenzy that results in death and rape threats” for journalists and “anyone else” supposedly targeted by his “scorn.”

Independent Journalist Gets 4 Years in Prison For Reporting on COVID-19

Zhang Zhan

Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who reported on the initial spread of COVID-19 in Wuhan, has been sentenced to four years in prison by a Chinese court.

COVID coverage: Zhan reported on the crisis independently, broadcasting live video footage of overcrowded hospitals and writing essays critical of the Chinese government response, the New York Times reported.