As authoritarian regimes continue their crackdown on the media, there are fewer countries where journalists can safely practice their profession. This stark reality is one of the findings that emerges from the newly released 2019 World Press Freedom Index of the Paris-based media group Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF said the Asia-Pacific region “continues to exhibit all of the problems that can beset journalism” which ranks third from last among the six main regions around the world.
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is a regional network of organizations working together to defend and promote genuine press freedom and freedom of expression in Southeast Asia. Established in November 1998, it has 12 members in 7 countries in Southeast Asia. The organization operates from Bangkok through a regional secretariat, which is governed by its Board of Trustees.
SEAPA is registered as a non-profit and non-governmental “association” under the Thai Civil and Commercial Code under the name “Association of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance”.