Press Freedom

The sad case of human rights in ASEAN

Human rights are fundamental to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, or religion. However, due to the diverse cultures and varying political structures in Southeast Asia, tackling human rights issues remains a major hurdle for the region.

21 April 2019

ASEAN journalists in danger

Except for a few bright spots, press freedom in ASEAN continues to be a foreign concept.

Self-censorship, restrictions on media access and outdated and oppressive laws are among the reasons Southeast Asia continues to lag behind their global counterparts in the World Press Freedom Index – with half the countries in the region falling one spot in the 180-country index.

20 April 2019

Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Tech giants have reacted with horror after Singapore proposed laws against "fake news" allowing authorities to order the removal of content and impose hefty fines, in what critics say is an assault on free speech.

8 April 2019

China pursuing 'new world media order'

China is trying to establish a "new world media order" to prevent and counter criticism, a project that threatens press freedom globally, watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned in a report released Monday.

26 March 2019

Philippines journalist Ressa freed on bail

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was freed on bail on Thursday following an arrest that sparked international censure and allegations she is being targeted over her news site's criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.

15 February 2019

Philippines arrests journalist Maria Ressa

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, whose news site has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested at her Manila office on Wednesday in what press freedom advocates branded an act of "persecution".

14 February 2019

Southeast Asia: Unsafe for journalists

Being a journalist has never been easy. Many of them work long hours, travel to faraway places and go through plenty of mud just to get a story. Being a journalist in Southeast Asia however, requires an even stronger character.

7 November 2018

UN says Myanmar waging 'campaign against journalists'

Myanmar, facing international outrage over the jailing of Reuters journalists for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, is conducting a "political campaign" against independent journalism, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday.

12 September 2018

How press freedom is won

Every year on May 3 – World Press Freedom Day – news producers and consumers pause to reflect on the state of global media.

3 May 2018