Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison for criticising the government
Recent articles in Laos
AP Photo/David Longstreath

Freedom of expression in Laos slid further down in 2014 with the adoption of a series of measures aimed at tightening control over the media or curbing growing criticism over social media against the ruling party and the government.

Focus on the Global South-Philippines and Stop the War Coalition-Philippines hold a 'lightning rally' in front of the Lao PDR Embassy in Magallanes, Makati to mark the 2nd year since Sombath Somphone was forcibly disappeared, http://sombath.org/

On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, regional and international organisations condemn the government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

Buddhist monks at an Internet cafe in Luang Prabang, Laos, 3 December 2004, REUTERS/John Ruwitch RKR/CN

Media restrictions in Laos are part of a wider pattern of suppression of information, lack of transparency in business dealings, prevention of protests and cultural and religious oversight by the government and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.