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6 Out of 10 ASEAN Leaders Listed in RSF’s Gallery of ‘Press Predators’
July 13, 2021

6 Out of 10 ASEAN Leaders Listed in RSF’s Gallery of ‘Press Predators’

By Luke Hunt
In Myanmar, “terror is back” – and the same can be said for much of Asia.

Southeast Asian Journalists Recognized With International Awards
April 28, 2021

Southeast Asian Journalists Recognized With International Awards

By Sebastian Strangio
Two journalists' work encapsulates both the resilience of the region’s media, and the increasing threats to its survival.
How to Control the Masses by Silencing the Press
January 15, 2021

How to Control the Masses by Silencing the Press

By Emilie Lehmann-Jacobsen
Press freedom is at a low in Southeast Asia – and the region’s governments all seem to be following the same playbook.

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure
December 01, 2020

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure

By Catherine Putz
In their post addressing the communication agency's letter, Kun.uz said it “gave off an air of the ‘old’ Uzbekistan.”

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian
November 23, 2020

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian

By David Hutt
Increasingly, journalists are being prosecuted not for publishing falsehoods – but for the potential consequences of their reporting.

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media
May 23, 2019

Freed Journalists Don't Negate Bleak Outlook for Southeast Asia’s Media

By Luke Hunt
While the release of 2 Reuters journalists should be celebrated, life for journalists in Southeast Asia has not improved.
Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL
January 27, 2018

Pakistan's Ongoing Media Crackdown Takes Aim at RFE/RL

By Catherine Putz
Pakistani intelligence says RFE/RL's Pashto-language Radio Mashaal aired programs "against the interests of Pakistan."

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
January 03, 2018

With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom

By Catherine Putz
Astana consulted journalists on revisions to the country's media law, and then ignored their recommendations.

Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent
December 12, 2017

Kyrgyzstan Deports AFP Central Asia Correspondent

By Catherine Putz
Chris Rickleton pleaded on Facebook to the new president to allow him to "return to live with my family in the country I love.”

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
March 31, 2017

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance

By Catherine Putz
“If we call our relatives, friends and families, everything will be heard, we know that."
OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan
May 05, 2016

OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
This is not, apparently, satire.

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