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#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.

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.

[Indonesia] Internet policy and implementation

A survey conducted by Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJII) in collaboration with Communication Research Center, University of Indonesia reveals… Read More

[Singapore] From heavy-handed to a calibrated approach

Online Freedom of Expression in Singapore by ANG Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore[1] Key Laws/Policies Affecting Online Free Expression… Read More

[Malaysia] A trend toward censorship and control

When it was first launched in 1996, Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) was designed to turn the country into an… Read More

[Philippines] Unregulated Internet faces challenges

The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,100 islands spread over 300,000 square km. It is… Read More