[Cambodia] Free Press on the Run

The media landscape in Cambodia has dramatically changed over the past two years. Today there is a shortage of independent, impartial, and rigorous news in Cambodia. Information mostly circulates either through media aligned with the government, or as unverified information on social media. This new media landscape severely curtails citizens’ right to access to independent and critical information. These developments also hinder the work of civil-society organizations, which have to devote a significant amount of resources in obtaining reliable and verifiable information.

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Radio Free Asia (RFA Khmer service) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were released on bail on 21 August 2018.

[Cambodia] Suppression via Legislation

Journalists should be permitted to do their work, including exposing corruption, criticizing public policies, and shedding light on human rights violations, in an environment that promotes their safety, without fear of negative repercussions. But Cambodia’s dismal media climate in 2017 had only worsened in 2018 to 2019. One of the serious challenges faced by journalists in Cambodia during this period has been the tightening of legal screws on the media, which only make it all too easy for journalists to be subjected to legal actions as a result of their work.

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WPFD2019: UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize honors Reuters journalists

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (Myanmar), who are serving a seven-year prison sentence, share this year’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The award ceremony will take place today, 2 May 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, host of this year’s celebration of the World Press Freedom Day.

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WPFD2019: SEAPA to hold forum on World Press Freedom Day in Addis Ababa

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is joining the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) celebration in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. The theme of the SEAPA forum, to be held on May 3, is “Toward Constructive Dialogue and Shared Narratives: Exploring Media’s Role in Conflict-Prone Societies.”

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World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2018

The data and information reflect the country analyses and the observations of other press freedom indices. Year 2017 showed that media and journalists in the region were vulnerable and at risk for simply doing their jobs. The practice of the profession was put under pressure through court demands and proceedings, as well as content restrictions. With the first quarter of this year done, the press freedom situation has looked more dire as violations keep piling up.

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[Thailand] สื่อ-นักวิชาการแนะคสช.ยกเลิกคำสั่งคสช. เตรียมคืนเสรีภาพสู่ประชาชน

เสรีภาพสื่อมวลชนและประชนถูกจำกัดอย่างต่อเนื่องภายใต้คสช. นักวิชาการ-กฎหมายเสนอให้เร่งยกเลิกกม.กระทบสิทธิประชาชน และสื่อฯ ก่อนการเลือกตั้งปีหน้า

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[Philippines] State of the Philippine Media Report

In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious honor of logging 85 various cases of attacks and threats on these dual values that the Constitution upholds as inalienable rights of the citizens. The number far exceeds those recorded under four presidents before him.

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[Philippines] Independent journalism persists in a growing hostile environment

At the center of this landscape is a president whose hostility and animosity against the press have sharpened the level of threat and attacks against individual journalists, making the practice of independent journalism more difficult and more problematic than these have been since the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986.

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[Indonesia] Violence against women journalists

The Indonesian press has not been free from violence and abuse against journalists. There were more than 60 cases recorded from 2017 to March 2018, with at least 20 percent of the cases involving women journalists. Cases of violence against and harassment of women journalists have been high in Indonesia. But many of them do not reveal or prefer to keep silent.

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[Cambodia] How to dismantle a democracy?

The year 2017 was the most critical year for Cambodian politics since 1993. The independent media was silenced and independent journalists were harassed by legal actions and intimidation.  CSOs have been restricted by politically motivated laws. The opposition leader was arrested and jailed, while the party itself was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

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[Philippines] Speak truth to power, keep power in check

In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious honor of logging 85 various cases of attacks and threats on these dual values that the Constitution upholds as inalienable rights of the citizens. The number far exceeds those recorded under four presidents before him.

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