#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.


สื่อมวลชนรู้กันดีว่าการกำกับดูแลกันเองของสือมีปัญหา คุมจริยธรรมกันเองไม่ได้ ทำให้สังคมไม่เชือถือ เรื่องนี้ไม่ได้เกิดขึ้นแต่เฉพาะในประเทศไทยเท่านั้น แต่เป็นปัญหาทั่วโลก ถ้าเช่นนั้นแล้ว จะทำอย่างไรเพื่อปรับปรุงกลไกการกำกับดูแลสื่อ ที่ไม่ให้รัฐและทุนเข้าแทรกแซง

SEAPA marks the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

Today (November 29) is the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (IWHRD). SEAPA commemorates the day with the voices of… Read More

Broadcast and online guidelines released on and after October 13.

The first guideline issued on 13 October 2016(1) states that: 1. All information regarding the death of the King via… Read More

Notable progress in right to information in Southeast Asia

As the international community marks its first Universal Access to Information day, there was significant progress in 2016 on official policy among Southeast Asian countries on freedom of information (FOI) as two countries – Vietnam and the Philippines – passed new policies enabling the right.