Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF)
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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.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi (R) attends the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) with other leaders on the island of Nauru, 4 September 2018, MIKE LEYRAL/AFP/Getty Images

Blogger King Faipopo is accused of defaming Samoa’s prime minister.

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.

An internet gaming shop in Nadi, Fiji, 11 May 2014, Flickr/Michael Coghlan, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Pacific Freedom Forum has warned that Fiji’s Online Safety Act is designed to muzzle, not protect citizens.

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.

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The Papua New Guinea government has banned a film documenting the struggle at Paga Hill settlement.

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.

Boeng Kak community activists call for the release of land rights activist Tep Vanny during a rally to mark the one year anniversary of her imprisonment, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 15 August 2017, Satoshi Takahashi/LightRocket via Getty Images

Pakistan celebrates a court ruling which declared mobile service suspension as illegal, Cambodia’s constitutional amendments threaten free speech, Maldives extends the state of emergency, media attacks in Oceania, and creative protests from Thailand’s #WeWalk to China’s #MeToo campaign.