Report Media Freedom Violations

Information submission guidelines

SEAPA’s Alerts and Monitoring program accepts reports on violations of media freedom from members and partners, and even external parties, provided these can be  confirmed.

This monitoring submission system covers incidents that fall within the scope of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as set our in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

This article includes the following rights: (1) to freedom to hold any opinion without interference; (2) to press freedom (or a free media environment); (3) to access to public information; (4) to share information and opinion through any media, regardless of frontiers. (For more information, see the official explanation on the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the General Comment No.34 of the United Nations Human Rights Committee)

Each incident submitted will be included in our monitoring report of violations released every year. If necessary or if requested, SEAPA may issue an Alert report on the incident, if more attention on the incident is needed. SEAPA Alerts function to highlight FoE violations in Southeast Asia as a first step toward efforts to stop or prevent them from recurring.  In addition to appearing on the front page of this website, the Alert report will also be distributed via a mailing list, and shared through SEAPA’s social media channels.

For purposes of submission, violations on this right includes the following types of incidents related to the right to freedom of opinion and expression:

  • violence or threats against media (or press) persons or entities in the conduct of their work
  • state action against media persons or entities
  • violence or threats against non-media persons or groups  relating to acts of free expression

Submitting parties who are not members of partners of SEAPA are required to share contact details (phone and email) to facilitate verification or any clarification (by SEAPA or its members/partners) of the incident submitted. This information will also enable us to report back on your submission or for referral to related queries.

We have prepared an online submission form to facilitate the relay of information and to avoid any misinterpretation of facts submitted. Go to the online form by clicking the image below:

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