In light of the latest developments of the media landscape in South Asia, the Asia-Pacific Media Update (APMU) has released country reports on the countries in this region.
Critical journalists in Kazakhstan are slapped charges of having committed “ordinary” crimes like rioting or libel and so, their arrest is seldom formally an issue of press freedom, it transpired at a recent seminar organized by Internews in Almaty, which lost its status as the country’s capital in 1997 to Astana.
A new directive instructing officials to make the state news agency their first choice of channels for giving information to the press could further shrink the small space for independent journalists to operate in the Central Asian country.
In light of the latest developments of the media landscape in Central Asia, the Asia-Pacific Media Update (APMU) has released country reports on the countries in this region.
As Myanmar heads for national elections in November, its government is intensifying attempts to stifle freedoms including that of the Asia-Pacific country’s newly vibrant media.
In the past couple of months, we have been releasing updated country reports on many of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The authorities in Papua New Guinea are set to introduce a policy in parliament, which they say is aimed against cybercrime. However, critics fear it may stifle whistleblowers and opposition.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who last month allowed foreign journalists free access to the restive West Papua region, has quite a few doubters such as French journalist Thomas Dandois. To Dandois, who was jailed in West Papua last year for not having the correct entry permit the situation “ will not change dramatically overnight”.
A new report on the state of press freedom in Australia has called on the government to introduce “meaningful” measures that could spare the media “from the excesses of” new security laws in the Asia-Pacific country. The report has shown dismay that press freedom has been under assault in many areas in Australia.
The KAS Office in Cambodia has conducted a study on analyses the current situation of the media in Cambodia.