Instead of providing autonomy to Nepali media, the proposed Media Council Bill in Nepal will instead establish a government organ that could curtail press freedom.
The report documents the state of press freedom across South Asia.
Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was recently recovered from a kidnapping. Rather than releasing her to her family, the Pakistani government is arbitrarily holding her in custody.
Chakka Bahadur Malla, district correspondent for Image Channel TV, was arrested and was taken into custody by the police on 20 July 2017.
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.
December: World authors campaign to release Chinese writers; relative calm in Nepal’s media; targeted killings in Philippines and Burma; recognition of digital journalists in Hong Kong.
Facebook takedowns, digital rights in Nepal, attacks on the media, Tiananmen censorship, a landmark act in Sri Lanka and much more in this month’s regional round-up.