Aliansi Jurnalis Independen/Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI)
Articles by Aliansi Jurnalis Independen/Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI)
Philippine journalist Maria Ressa (C) gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila, 14 February 2019, NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Our Asia-Pacific editor Mong Palatino looks back at a busy month for freedom of expression in the Asia-Pacific region.

Students hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest at the state university grounds in Manila on February 14, 2019, in support of CEO of Rappler, Maria Ressa, who was arrested a day earlier for cyber libel case, TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa was arrested on 13 February 2019 for cyber libel regarding an article that was published in May 2012, four months before the Philippine Cyber Crime Prevention Act was signed into law. She was released after posting bail on 14 February.

A cyclist rides past an electoral advertisement for Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 July 2018, MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed at the UN, Thailand’s Twitter users supported the campaign of refugee seekers from Saudi and Bahrain, Pakistan held its first transgender pride march, and new cyber laws take effect in Vietnam and Fiji.

Members of AJI take part in a protest against the remission granted to Susrama, the accused in a journalist's murder, Jakarta, Indonesia, 25 January 2019, Anton Raharjo/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

AJI said the president’s decision to reduce Susrama’s sentence has obstructed justice. In 2010, he had been found guilty of being the mastermind behind the killing of journalist Prabangsa.

Supporters of detained journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo march during a rally in Yangon, Burma demanding for their release, 1 September 2018,  -/AFP/Getty Images

Protests take place in Burma, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and West Papua; new laws threaten online free expression in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Nepal; and same-sex relations decriminalized in India, as Hong Kong starts process of recognising same-sex spouses in visa proceedings.

A post office employee explains to a customer how to subscribe to a new high-speed internet service in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1 July 2003, HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images

In June: Vietnam’s new Cybersecurity Law, Indonesia’s new Counterterrorism Law and Cambodia’s recent media directive threaten human rights, attacks against media continue, a massive all-women protest takes place in South Korea against ‘spy cam’ porn, and more.

Candidate for Jakarta governor, Anis Baswedan (C) is surrounded by journalists as he arrives at a polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 April 2017, ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen documents violent attacks and threats of layoffs plaguing Indonesian media in the past year.

Kem Ley, 4 June, 2016, AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

On the one-year anniversary of the death of popular Cambodian activist Kem Ley, civil society organisations from around the world reiterated their call for an independent inquiry.