Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM)
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Pakistani civil society activists take part in a rally for women's rights on International Women's Day in Lahore, 8 March 2019, ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

International Women’s day was celebrated across the Asia-Pacific region but women’s groups were harassed in Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Thai media faced tremendous challenges ahead of the elections, and a new report revealed unabated media killings in Afghanistan.

To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, civil society groups and communities in Cambodia and beyond condemn the rampant impunity for attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and call for immediate action to bring all perpetrators to account.

Protesters form a human chain to call for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam, in front of the National Press Club, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 September 2018, Khandaker Azizur Rahman Sumon/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In August, rights advocates celebrated the release of Cambodian land rights activist Tep Vanny and the repeal of Malaysia’s anti-Fake News law; but they condemned the crackdown on student protests in Bangladesh, Google’s alleged complicity with China’s censors, and genocide in Burma.

A motorcyclist rides past a billboard featuring an image of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, a day after the general election in Islamabad, 26 July 2018, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistanis and Cambodians vote amid claims of irregularities; Chinese poet Liu Xia is free; Malaysia withdraws sedition cases against cartoonist Zunar; disappointing court rulings in Burma and Indonesia; and Singapore holds its 10th Pink Dot LGBTQI+ event.

The South Korean Workers confederation holds a women's day event highlighting the #MeToo Campaign at Gwanghwamoon Square in Seoul, 8 March 2018, Seung-il Ryu/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Regional round-up: Some backlashes against marches by women’s groups across Asia-Pacific, a surge in social media censorship in China, Sri Lanka’s state of emergency, journalist killings in India, and passage of repressive laws are highlighted.

The two former reporters of U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Asia face seven to 15 years in jail for treason and espionage.

Wanita Ungu Malaysia @wanitaungu

September developments included inspiring actions by women against a backdrop of journalist killings, internet shutdowns and censorship, as governments strove to quash opposing voices in a region with growing internal conflicts.

Journalists wait in front of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) offices during the party's meeting, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 May 2016, AP Photo/Heng Sinith

Rising political tension ahead of the general elections and an accompanying wave of legal action against government critics has had a chilling effect on Cambodian journalists, according to a newly published CCIM report.