A Look behind the Fake News Laws of Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, attempts to regulate the fake news phenomenon can be broadly categorized, on the one hand, in cases where fake news laws are conceived at least also as the government’s weapon to silence critics and dissenters, and on the other hand, cases where the discourse is lead more open-ended. Under the first category, Malaysia springs to mind, Cambodia and Vietnam possibly too. Thailand is a somewhat mixed case. Much more open-ended are the fake news discourses in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

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„Wie in einem finsteren Film über den Kalten Krieg“ – Der völkerrechtliche Hintergrund der Eiszeit zwischen Vietnam und Deutschland

Vietnamesische Agenten entführen mitten in Deutschland einen Asylbewerber, der dann in Vietnam zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt wird – ein eklatanter Völkerrechtsbruch. Doch auch die Reaktion Deutschlands wirft völkerrechtlich schwierige Fragen auf.

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