Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
Articles by Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)
Velusami Raju, father of the Zion Church suicide blast victim Ramesh Raju, shows a photo of his son on a mobile phone at his house, in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka, 26 April 2019, LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

Opinions about media restrictions after bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, massive protests against Hong Kong’s extradition law, defamation and criminal charges for critics of Myanmar’s military, Singapore’s ‘Orwellian’ anti-fake news bill, and Brunei’s controversial Sharia Law takes effect.

A man (C) stands with a placard during a rally calling for reforms to the 2008 constitution in Naypyidaw, Burma, 31 March 2019, THET AUNG/AFP/Getty Images

20 expert organizations urge the government to guarantee freedom of expression in the Constitution.

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.

Indonesian journalists observe World Press Freedom Day in Bandung, Indonesia, 3 May 2016, Jefta Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

A new book features 50 stories penned by Indonesian women journalists.

A banana plant with the hills around Mt. Zwegabin in the distance, Kayin State, Burma, 21 December 2017, Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images

Two journalists were attacked over their reports on the environmental and social impact of the Tha Khin Sit Mining Company’s banana plantation operations in Burma.

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.

Various groups across the Asia-Pacific have expressed concern over the unwarranted arrest of Maria Ressa and urge the Philippine government to withdraw the charges against her and Rappler.

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.