[Regional] SEAPA @ 20: Looking back, moving forward amid challenging times for press freedom

For a region at the crux of political changes and transitions, that question proved pivotal. It became the trigger for a collective action – the formation of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) based on a vision forged just months after the APEC meeting, at a regional gathering of Southeast Asian journalists held on 8 November 1998. Two decades later, amid the steady decline of press freedom across the region, SEAPA’s aspiration remains as relevant as ever: A region enjoying free expression and that has a truly independent press. Its mission remains as timely as when it sprang into existence: To promote and protect press freedom in Southeast Asia.

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[Regional] SEAPA turns 20

As it turns two decades old today, SEAPA remains steadfast amid the ebb and flow of democracy and freedom in the region.

While Southeast Asia’s socio-political and media landscapes have changed, a number of issues confronting the region tend to echo those of the past. Not least of these are the shrinking civic space, poor governance, and the rise of authoritarian populism. The relentless onslaught against the media, now confronted with the disruptive and polarizing impact of new technologies and the declining credibility and public trust — harks back to an era when oppressive states thought nothing of muzzling the proverbial fourth estate.

As SEAPA looks back on its beginnings, it also renews it collective commitment to defend and uphold media freedom, free speech, and the people’s right to know. Together, SEAPA, along with its members, network, and partners, rises to this formidable challenge.

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[Myanmar] From street protests to online campaigns, support continues for jailed Reuters reporters

After the court meted out its decision on 3 September 2018 decision, with the two still behind bars while awaiting the court’s decision, defense lawyer U Khin Maung Zaw said: “Today’s verdict is very disappointing. It’s bad for our country. It’s bad for democracy. It’s bad for the rule of law. And it’s bad for freedom of expression.” Protests have escalated since the two Reuters reporters were found guilty of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act by the Yangon Northern District court.

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[Cambodia] JOINT PRESS RELEASE: CCHR, ADHOC, and SC publish the Second Annual Report of the Cambodia Fundamental Freedoms Monitor

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (“ADHOC”), and the Solidarity Center (“SC”), are pleased to announce the release of the second annual report of the Cambodia Fundamental Freedoms Monitor, produced by the Fundamental Freedoms Monitoring Project (“FFMP”). The report provides a comprehensive overview of the exercise of freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) during Year Two of monitoring, from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

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World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2018

The data and information reflect the country analyses and the observations of other press freedom indices. Year 2017 showed that media and journalists in the region were vulnerable and at risk for simply doing their jobs. The practice of the profession was put under pressure through court demands and proceedings, as well as content restrictions. With the first quarter of this year done, the press freedom situation has looked more dire as violations keep piling up.

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[Cambodia] អតីតអ្នកសារព័ត៌មានវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ត្រូវបានជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ ភាសាខ្មែរ៖

[Cambodia] អតីតអ្នកសារព័ត៌មានវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ត្រូវបានជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៤ ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ អតីតអ្នករាយការណ៍ព័ត៌មានរបស់វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី គឺលោក យាង សុធារិន និងលោក អ៊ួន ឈិន ត្រូវបានតុលាការឃុំខ្លួន ដោយចោទពីបទល្មើសចារកម្ម ដែលមិនមានមូលដ្ឋានច្បាប់ត្រឹមត្រូវ ហើយអ្នកទាំងពីរ កំពុងប្រឈមមុខនឹងទោសពន្ធនាគាររហូតដល់ ១៥ឆ្នាំ។ មិនមានភស្តុតាងណាមួយ

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[Thailand] สื่อ-นักวิชาการแนะคสช.ยกเลิกคำสั่งคสช. เตรียมคืนเสรีภาพสู่ประชาชน

เสรีภาพสื่อมวลชนและประชนถูกจำกัดอย่างต่อเนื่องภายใต้คสช. นักวิชาการ-กฎหมายเสนอให้เร่งยกเลิกกม.กระทบสิทธิประชาชน และสื่อฯ ก่อนการเลือกตั้งปีหน้า

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