Melanesia: New report highlights increasingly hostile media environment
Recent articles in Asia & Pacific

The eviction of journalists and the sealing of the entrance of one of the oldest English-language publications in the Kashmir Valley, the “Kashmir Times”, is seen as government reprisal against the paper’s editor who has spoken out in defense of press freedom.

In a statement signed by several civil society groups and concerned individuals, the Pakistan government is urged to initiate a credible consultative process in the drafting of social media rules since the measure could have a “detrimental impact” on the country’s digital ecosystem, economy, and online expression.

In response to the omnibus bill, street protests immediately broke out in more than three dozen cities, with police arresting hundreds of protesters and physically assaulting or destroying the equipment of at least 28 journalists.