[Myanmar] Dismal state of free expression today’s reality under NLD-led gov’t

In its latest report on free speech, “Dashed Hopes: The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in Myanmar,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) outlined the current civic space for journalists and civil society in the country. While laws that criminalize free speech and defamation were enacted by previous administrations in Myanmar, the NLD government whose de facto leader is Aung San Suu Kyi, once known as the country’s icon of democracy, has made no progress in repealing or amending these laws, said the report released on 31 January 2019.

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01-09-18 - PHOTO:- Steve Tickner A right to information in support of free media and calling for the release of Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw soe Oo was held in Yangon today

[Myanmar] In Facebook’s reverse reality, journalists are called traitors

Social media posts about the jailed Reuters journalists shows that many users believe they betrayed the country because they reported unpalatable facts.

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[Laos] Six years on, this question still hounds the state: Where is Sombath?

Six years on, the search for truth about Sombath’s enforced disappearance continues while his family and friends, and kindred spirits within and beyond the borders of Laos, firmly hold out hope he is still alive and will surface sooner rather than later. This, notwithstanding the unremitting curtailment of rights and silenced voices that continue to cast a pall of gloom over the prospects of democracy in Laos.

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