Civil and political rights

Freedom of association

Confronting Southeast Asia’s Troubled Media Landscape

Earlier this month, Maria Ressa, a prominent journalist and outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was found guilty of cyber libel in another concerning development for media freedom in the country. While the incident was notable on its own terms, it also spotlighted the wider troubles ...

Prashanth Parameswaran

Myanmar: Editor Wrongfully Charged

 Myanmar authorities should immediately drop all charges against an editor for broadcasting an interview with an armed group representative, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 30, police arrested and charged Nay Myo Lin, the editor-in-chief of the Mandalay-based Voice of Myanmar, under Myanmar’s overly broad Counter-Terrorism Law for an interview ...

Ministry to revoke licences of media over fake news

The Information Ministry yesterday warned that it would revoke the licences of print and online media outlets which distribute fake news that endanger national security. Phos Sovann, director-general of General Department of Information and Broadcasting, said in a Facebook video post that the ministry will strictly ...

Ly Livsier

PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s purported “revolution”.Keep reading ...

Ben Sokhean

Cambodia accused of 'killing off democracy' after opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Cambodia has been accused of ‘killing off democracy’ after the country’s supreme court dissolved the opposition party and outlawed over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year. Thursday’s ruling to disband the Cambodia National Rescue Party, in a Southeast Asian country visited by about 159,000 ...

Nicola Smith & Louise Burke

Regime aims to tighten media control, surveillance

The junta’s National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has given the green light to media reform proposals which will tighten control over online media and surveillance.On 3 July 2017, the NRSA voted 144-1 in favour of the report compiled by its social media reform subcommittee. Keep reading ...

Rights agency the next to be replaced

The National Human Rights Commission appears likely to be the next target for mass dismissal of members, after the Election Commission. NHRC chairman What Tingsamitr disclosed on June 8 that the matter was clearly mentioned in Article 60 of a new law on the rights ...

Interior Ministry mulling investigations into NGOs' "neutrality"

Human rights NGOs Licadho and Adhoc were among a group of organisations who were warned by the Ministry of Interior today that they are being scrutinised for allegedly violating their neutrality by supporting the opposition CNRP. News of the inquiry was first disclosed by government-aligned ...

Free speech takes a hit ahead of the Thai vote

An explosion at a military hospital in Bangkok on the third anniversary of the ruling junta underscored Thailand’s delicate political situation ahead of the first full-fledged election in seven years. The kingdom’s two largest political forces have remained deeply split since the coup that brought ...

New media ombudsman set up

In-House Media ombudsmen were officially introduced for the first time on May 17 by the National Press Council of Thailand to improve effective self-regulation of the industry. The move came as the state has attempted to introduce a new media regulation bill that media groups ...

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