[Regional] Southeast Asia’s draconian cyber laws: In the name of ‘national security’, so say states

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.

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[Philippines] Digital Reality Bites: Alternative Media in the Crosshairs of Cyber Attacks

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.

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[Philippines] 360: The changing mountain calendar in Sagada

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.

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Photo by: Penzer Baterna, Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR)

[Philippines] THE STATE OF MEDIA: Relentless Attacks and Threats Online, On Ground, Across the Nation

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.

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Photo by: Vino Lucero, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)

[Philippines] Case Files: The 12 Journalists Killed Under the Duterte Administration

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.

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[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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SEAPA turns 20

[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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[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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[Philippines] State of the Philippine Media Report

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.

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