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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.

The Military Junta Has Driven Myanmar’s Journalists Back Underground
May 03, 2021

The Military Junta Has Driven Myanmar’s Journalists Back Underground

By Sebastian Strangio
While deploying violence in the streets, the generals have been unrelenting in their attacks on the country's journalists.
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.

Pandemic Year Saw Sharp Decline in Southeast Asian Press Freedoms
April 20, 2021

Pandemic Year Saw Sharp Decline in Southeast Asian Press Freedoms

By Sebastian Strangio
COVID-19 has offered governments a handy pretext for settling their scores with journalists and independent media outlets.

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.

With the Rajapaksas at the Helm, Press Freedom in Sri Lanka Takes a Hit
December 01, 2020

With the Rajapaksas at the Helm, Press Freedom in Sri Lanka Takes a Hit

By Jeevethan Selvachandran
As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues amassing power, the future for the country's media looks bleak.

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Convicted of Libel, Given 6-Year Term
June 15, 2020

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa Convicted of Libel, Given 6-Year Term

By Associated Press
Ressa will appeal the decision, seen by many as a major blow to press freedom in the Philippines.
Afghan Media Outlets Protest Curtailed Access to Information
February 05, 2020

Afghan Media Outlets Protest Curtailed Access to Information

By Associated Press
Good laws are in place, but access to information remains a pervasive challenge for Afghanistan.

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.

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility
January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.

November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service
October 25, 2019

November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service

By Colleen Wood
Nine RFE/RL journalists in Tajikistan will lose accreditation on November 1; it appears authorities have given the broadcaster the silent treatment. 
A New Era for Press Freedom in a Changing Uzbekistan?
July 08, 2019

A New Era for Press Freedom in a Changing Uzbekistan?

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan’s media was reborn following the new administration and its transformation is still ongoing.

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