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Pasay prosecutor summons Trillanes for 2nd inciting to sedition complaint

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The complaint stems from the press statements of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV when his amnesty was voided

EMBATTLED. Senator Antonio Trillanes is summoned to the Pasay Prosecutor's Office for a hearing over an inciting to sedition complaint. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Cases, complaints filed vs Trillanes under Duterte administration

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:33 PM

In a nutshell, all cases and complaints are filed by Duterte-allied lawyers and the President's family members

LIST. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has a list of cases filed against him under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Inciting to sedition: Charges filed vs Trillanes over anti-Duterte speech

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV delivered a privilege speech on October 3, 2017, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of undeclared bank transactions of P2 billion

File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sedition, coup, graft complaints filed vs Trillanes

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:28 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the complaints will not stop him from 'exposing' President Rodrigo Duterte and his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces several complaints filed by lawyers allied with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption. Photo from Senate PRIB

VACC-allied lawyers say Trillanes liable for 'inciting to sedition'

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) The lawyers say they will file several complaints against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV who they accused of inciting to sedition, proposing to commit coup d'etat, graft, and violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act

TRILLANES COMPLAINT. Lawyers Eligio Mallari, Jing Paras and Nasser Marohomsalic hold a press conference on the complaint they intend to file against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Catalan police chief probed for alleged 'sedition'

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The National Court in Madrid summons Josep Luis Trapero and 3 other suspects to a hearing on Friday, says a spokesman, who asked not to be named

TRAPERO. This file photo taken on August 31, 2017 shows Josep Luis Trapero, chief of the Catalan regional police "Mossos D'Esquadra" giving a press conference in Barcelona on August 31, 2017. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

FAST FACTS: What is cyber sedition?

Jun 16, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The Philippine government says it will soon be arresting one suspect for spreading terrorist propaganda online in relation to the Marawi crisis

Thai may face 150-year jail sentence for royal defamation

May 03, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Ten royal defamation charges is the most anyone has ever faced in Thailand since the law become increasingly used

India uses outdated laws to silence dissent – watchdog

May 24, 2016 - 3:45 PM

India s abusive laws are the hallmark of a repressive society not a vibrant democracy says Human Rights Watch

epa05168360 An Indian activist wearing the mask of Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh along with other Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and their supporters participate in a protest march in New Delhi, India, 18 February 2016. The protesters were demanding the immediate release of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students. Kanhaiya Kumar, the students' union president of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was held on sedition charges. A former Delhi University professor was also arrested on 16 February for sedition. The arrests sparked counter protests between students and activists from the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party's student wing and right-wing organizations. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Bangladesh police arrest elderly editor for sedition

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:32 PM

The police arrest pro opposition editor Shafik Rehman for sedition and say there is evidence linking him to a conspiracy to murder the prime minister s son

Australian jailed in Singapore for sedition over website

Mar 23, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Ai Takagi faces 10 months imprisonment after she was found guilty of inciting vitriol and hatred against all foreigners in Singapore

Australian Japanese Ai Takagi (R), 23, and her Singaporean husband Yang Kaiheng (L), 27, arrives at the state court in Singapore on March 8, 2016.  Takagi and Yang each face seven sedition charges for articles published between October 2013 and February 2015. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Australian behind Singapore hate site convicted of sedition

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Ai Takagi pleads guilty to fabricating two articles attacking Filipinos and another targeting mainland Chinese

SEDITION TRIAL. Australian Japanese Ai Takagi (C), 23, and her Singaporean husband Yang Kaiheng (L), 27, with their lawyer Choo Zheng Xi (L) arrive at the state court in Singapore on March 8, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

India divided as battle over sedition arrest turns ugly

Feb 22, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Some fear Kanhaiya Kumar s arrest is politically motivated and meant to send a message to activists

epa05167973 Communist student wing shout slogans during a protest against Kanhaiya Kumar arrest issue in Calcutta, eastern India, 18 February 2016. According to reports, students' union president Kanhaiya was sent in the judicial custody for 14 days after Indian police filed sedition charges against him in connection with a protest against the execution of a Kashmiri separatist, Afzal guru. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Indian student attacked in court as sedition row boils over

Feb 17, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Kumar denies he was among those chanting anti India slogans at last Tuesday s rally to mark the 2013 hanging of Kashmiri separatist Mohammed Afzal Guru over a deadly 2001 attack on the Indian parliament

KANHAIYA KUMAR. Indian student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar (C) is escorted by police into Patiala Court for a hearing in New Delhi on February 17, 2016. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Thai junta files sedition charges against cable channel

Nov 20, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Soldiers raid the Bangkok office of Fahhai TV on Thursday night arresting five staff members and closing the station a junta legal advisor tells reporters

File photo of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Matteo Bazzi/EPA

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Sep 22, 2015 - 6:34 PM

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Aug 27, 2015 - 12:52 PM

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Thai students to be released from jail but sedition charges upheld

Jul 07, 2015 - 2:49 PM

The activists – university students in their 20s including one woman – have been in custody since late June

'FREE THEM' Supporters hold pictures of detained students as they take part in a protest in their support outside the cordoned-off military court where they appeared, in Bangkok on July 7, 2015.  Christophe Archambault/AFP

Lawmakers file treason complaint vs peace negotiators

May 28, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Peace negotiators from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are named in the complaint

File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Malaysia passes sedition law revisions criticized by UN

Apr 10, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The amendments to the Sedition Act extend the maximum jail term to 20 years from the current 3 years

Malaysia draws more fire on rights with sedition revisions

Apr 08, 2015 - 2:18 PM

The amendment to the Sedition Act will extend the maximum jail term to 20 years from the current 3 years and allow authorities to deny a suspect bail and seize their travel documents

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya on November 5, 2014. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia cartoonist hit with 'record' 9 sedition charges

Apr 03, 2015 - 12:42 PM

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen name Zunar – has faced sedition charges previously for his cartoons and had collections of his works banned

ARRESTED. Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA

Malaysian police free Anwar's daughter on bail

Mar 17, 2015 - 4:40 PM

The eldest daughter of Malaysia s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is freed on police bail after being held overnight for alleged sedition

NURUL IZZAH. Candidates of the People's Justice Party (PKR) and daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah addresses her supporters during a campaign visit ahead of the 13th Malaysian general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 04 May 2013. Photo by Azhar Rahim/EPA

Daughter of Malaysia's Anwar arrested for sedition

Mar 16, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Nurul is the latest case in a sedition crackdown by Malaysia s government that sees dozens investigated charged or convicted in the past year including several top opposition politicians

NURUL IZZAH. Candidates of the People's Justice Party (PKR) and daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah addresses her supporters during a campaign visit ahead of the 13th Malaysian general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 04 May 2013. Photo by Azhar Rahim/EPA

Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

Nov 27, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Najib tells his party s annual congress that the law will be retained and even enhanced apparently bowing to pressure from ruling party conservatives

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya on November 5, 2014. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

'Decisive test' as Malaysia opens final Anwar hearings

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED International human rights groups have called this week s hearings on sodomy charges against the Malaysian opposition leader as a decisive test for Malaysia s judiciary

AWAITING A FINAL VERDICT. File photo shows Anwar Ibrahim speaking at a rally on May 8, 2013.  Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Sedition Act crackdown 'chilling' free speech

Oct 19, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The crackdown accelerating in recent weeks is widely seen as an attempt by Malaysia s longtime regime to reverse years of increasingly boisterous speech that has coincided with tremendous electoral gains by the opposition

A student from the University of Malaya displays a placard during a rally against the sedition law at their main campus in Kuala Lumpur on September 10, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Déjà vu as Malaysia's Anwar faces threat of jail

Oct 12, 2014 - 1:21 PM

Opinion in Malaysia seems split on whether a regime known for its rough political tactics will risk a domestic and international backlash by throwing Anwar into prison again

A file picture dated 25 February 2013 shows Anwar Ibrahim in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Malaysia must repeal law vs dissent – UN experts

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:00 AM

UN experts urge the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to make good on its commitment to the UN Human Rights Council to stop criminalizing and prosecuting the right to free expression

A student from the University of Malaya displays a placard during a rally against the sedition law at their main campus in Kuala Lumpur on September 10, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian court to scrutinize Sedition Act

Oct 01, 2014 - 3:12 PM

In recent months numerous government critics including opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim have been investigated charged or convicted under the colonial era act

A student from the University of Malaya displays a placard during a rally against the sedition law at their main campus in Kuala Lumpur on September 10, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Student activist found guilty of sedition in Malaysia

Sep 05, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Rights group Amnesty International calls on Malaysia to end its alarming use of the law which Prime Minister Najib Razak had pledged to repeal in 2012

Malaysian opposition in crosshairs of 'sedition blitz'

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:57 PM

A flurry of sedition and other charges widely seen as a campaign to harass the opposition sparks fears Malaysia s long ruling regime is lurching back to its authoritarian ways

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23 July 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

Sedition for a Facebook 'Like': Malaysia case sparks outrage

Aug 14, 2014 - 3:42 PM

A 17 year old student faces a sedition investigation after liking a post that declared I love Israel and featured a picture of the Jewish state s flag

Indian Kashmiris backing Pakistan team probed for sedition

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:04 PM

Some 60 students from Indian administered Kashmir may face sedition charges for cheering Pakistan s victory over arch rivals India in a cricket match

Three suspended Kashmiri students address media after returning from India's Meerut Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) in Srinagar. Photo by AFP

Malaysian police re-arrest 3 for sedition

May 28, 2013 - 10:33 PM

Arrests were made because of allegations that fraud marred the May 5 elections

Malaysia to repeal sedition law as polls loom

Jul 12, 2012 - 1:26 PM

Malaysia s much dreaded colonial era Sedition Act will be repealed Prime Minister Najib Razak said as the country heads for a tightly fought election