The fundamental freedom to publish critical views on society and government is necessary for real democracy and human rights to flourish in the region.
There are already alarming signs of deteriorating media freedoms under Malaysia’s new government. In the country’s contentious political landscape, parties and leaders show little concern for freedom of the press.
The Philippines’ largest media company, ABS-CBN, was pushed off the air recently after the government refused to renew its operating license. The future of press freedom in the country is in serious peril.
The arrests of three journalists in Myanmar have shown Aung San Suu Kyi’s true colours – human rights preserver or violator?