[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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[Thailand] Gov’t ban on planned forum on scathing UN report on Myanmar an overreaction — FCCT

The professional membership of the FCCT believe the Thai authorities have overreacted. This incident has caused unnecessary further harm to the country’s already dented reputation for media freedom — Thailand was once one of the freest countries in Southeast Asia with a vibrant press. For the record, this is the sixth programme cancelled at the FCCT since a coup was staged in 2014 and the country became subject to military rule.

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[Myanmar] Indonesian journalists stage rally to demand release of Reuters’ Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Indonesian journalists, with black tapes on their mouths and hands tied, stand in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta on Friday (7 September 2018) to protest the seven year-court sentence and demand the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who were convicted under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

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[Myanmar] Indonesia’s Alliance of Journalists Condemns Jail Sentence of Reuters Reporters

The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia has condemned the seven-year jail sentence issued by a Myanmar court against two Reuters journalists Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28). The verdict is a serious threat to press freedom, a bad precedent and a major setback for Myanmar’s democracy.

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[Myanmar] SEAPA statement on the conviction and 7-year sentence of Reuters journalists

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) denounces in the strongest possible terms the conviction handed down today by a Myanmar court to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentencing them to a seven-year jail term. The baseless conviction of the two brave journalists, using trumped-up evidence provided by police authorities, dealt a fatal blow to press freedom and democracy in Myanmar.

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