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.Read more
Journalists from the martial law period all the way to today’s campus reporters express their commitment to hold the line. Given the continuing threats to and attacks against media and journalists, the community is standing together to demonstrate their enduring commitment to the defense of press freedom.Read more
Laws regulating how people use the internet must never serve as tools to control and silence critical and independent voices. Yet this is the stark reality in much of Southeast Asia today.
In a region where authoritarianism is on the rise, these laws have conveniently become the state’s weapon to restrict freedoms of expression and information, and penalize dissent.Read more
Fiercely independent Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, Pinoy Weekly, AlterMidya, and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) have found themselves in this conundrum, with little, if any, prospect of an end to their digital woes.Read more
In picturesque Sagada, Igorot women are taking charge to save the rice terraces and the forest.Read more
This 360-degree takes you to this picturesque community whose harvest is now in peril, allowing you to immerse in its plight and culture. As it plays, watch the scenes come alive on your device. Swipe back and forth, move up and down, or rotate the video’s perspective to watch it from all angles. You can also get a virtual reality (VR) viewer or headset, look inside, and feel like you are actually in the scene.Read more
In this video, SEAPA chronicles the various instances, spanning five years, the Voice TV has been forced to go off air by order of the NBTC.Read more
Political freedom across the globe has been declining in the last 13 years, and Southeast Asia is no exception.Read more
The Department of Justice is set to pursue cyber libel charges against Rappler Inc., its chief executive officer and executive director Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr..Read more
Today, the ninth anniversary of the Ampatauan Massacre of 23 November 2009, we call on Filipinos to support press freedom and to come to the defense of those in media who struggle working within the narrowing space and time, to counter false narratives and disinformation, and to check the abuse of power.Read more
Apolinario Suan Jr. Larry Que. Mario Contaoi. Marlon Muyco. Joaquin Briones. Rudy Alicaway. Leodoro Diaz. Christopher Lozada. Edmund Sestoso. Carlos Matas. Dennis Denora. Joey Llana.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Online communication policy in three Mekong countries are still dominated by government regulation that restricts freedom of expression. On MayRead more
[Cambodia] Former Radio Free Asia Journalists Jailed in Media Crackdown On 14 November 2017, two former Radio Free Asia (RFA)Read more
[Cambodia] អតីតអ្នកសារព័ត៌មានវិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ត្រូវបានជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៤ ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ អតីតអ្នករាយការណ៍ព័ត៌មានរបស់វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី គឺលោក យាង សុធារិន និងលោក អ៊ួន ឈិន ត្រូវបានតុលាការឃុំខ្លួន ដោយចោទពីបទល្មើសចារកម្ម ដែលមិនមានមូលដ្ឋានច្បាប់ត្រឹមត្រូវ ហើយអ្នកទាំងពីរ កំពុងប្រឈមមុខនឹងទោសពន្ធនាគាររហូតដល់ ១៥ឆ្នាំ។ មិនមានភស្តុតាងណាមួយRead more
เสรีภาพสื่อมวลชนและประชนถูกจำกัดอย่างต่อเนื่องภายใต้คสช. นักวิชาการ-กฎหมายเสนอให้เร่งยกเลิกกม.กระทบสิทธิประชาชน และสื่อฯ ก่อนการเลือกตั้งปีหน้าRead more
In 2017, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) recorded 128 incidents of threats to and attacks against media and journalists in the region.Read more
In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious honor of logging 85 various cases of attacks and threats on these dual values that the Constitution upholds as inalienable rights of the citizens. The number far exceeds those recorded under four presidents before him.Read more