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#WPFD2017 The hoax problem and other pressing issues

The surge in number of hoax cases has caused the government to create rules on blocking of websites that contain hoax, pornography, terrorism, religious tension, hate speech, and others that could potentially disturb the stability and peace of the country. The Communications and Information Ministry of Indonesia has blocked more than 800,000 websites.

#WPFD2017 Free media, but still threatened

Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo’s decision to take Timor Post’s editor in chief Lourenco Martins and his journalist Raimundo Oki to court, claiming that they published fake news stories and that it publicly damaged his image and reputation. Though the right of reply was granted to the Prime Minister. Timor Post even publicly apologized at the Palace of the Government for the mistake. But unfortunately, the Prime Minister kept taking the case to the court because of the so-called truth.

#WPFD2017 Critical cyberspace shrinks, mainstream press further muted

Discussions on highly sensitive issues and taboo subjects were limited or missing in the mainstream media. Lao netizens, helped by the country’s Internet boom, have managed to access taboo information banned in the state. But there were some incidents prompted the authorities to call some Facebookers who disseminated news, warning them to share only local official news, which is a big concern over the intrusive and expansive nature of the state internet surveillance network has so far covered.

#WPFD2017 Media groups and journalists fight back against volatile press freedom, free expression situation

Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) Introduction Since late last year, speculations have been rife over possibilities that Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional… Read More

#WPFD2017 Media in transition and conflict: Challenges for truth and reconciliation

Journalists have been subject to threats and violence from religious extremists. Those that write about national security, anti-corruption, religion, conflict, land rights, illegal logging and wood smuggling, among other subjects face a certain risk. Most cases against journalists were under the penal code such as the defamation act or trespassing act, and Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law. So far, courts are still under the control of the administration. Corruption is still at large in the judiciary.

#WPFD2017 Media face tighter controls amid growing crackdown on dissent

Bloggers, journalists, and news outlets have begun to utilise social media in particular as a means of sharing information regarding governance, human rights, and corruption. It should come as no surprise that The Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC), which plans to “crush” media outlets that endanger “peace and stability, has begun to devise legislative mechanisms to restrict online criticism.

SEAPA Against All Efforts to Roll Back Media Freedom in Thailand

SEAPA express deep concerns over recent developments in Thailand, particularly with regard to the proposed the “Protection of Media Rights and Freedom, and Promotion of Ethics and Professional Standards” bill to regulate the media.

Media back to total state control

ฺBriefing paper on the “Protection of Media Rights and Freedom, and Promotion of Ethics and Professional Standards” bill, also known as the “media control bill”

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