Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)
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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.

Journalists and activists stage a protest calling to defend press freedom on January 19, 2018, in suburban Quezon City in Metro Manila, Philippines., Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Hong Kong’s free speech under attack, media restrictions at APEC summit, Rappler indicted, Shahidul Alam freed on bail, Pakistan court overturns blasphemy conviction, and disappointing referendum loss for same-sex marriage advocates in Taiwan.

Journalists and supporters display placards showing President Rodrigo Duterte as a clown during a protest in support of Rappler Manila on January 19, 2018, TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

Media groups and press freedom advocates have expressed support for Rappler and its president Maria Ressa as the company faces yet another legal battle.

Government of Argentina

In advance of their meeting in Argentina, civil society organizations from around the world are calling on the leaders of G20 countries to commit to building a digital ecosystem that centres human rights.

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.

Activists join journalists in a protest for press freedom and against the revocation of the license of media outlet Rappler, in Manila, Philippines, 19 January 2018, Bernice Beltran/NurPhoto via Getty Images

This pooled editorial highlights the threats to press freedom in the Philippines under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan May 10, 2018. , REUTERS/Mariya Gordeyeva

IFEX members call on officials in Kazakhstan to review the law on ‘dissemination of deliberately false information’ as well as the disproportionate and legally questionable actions recently taken against critical media.