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This website won't be updated any longer. Please follow our blog Asia-Pacific Media Update in which we analyse 33 countries from the Asia-Pacific region and inform you about the latest developments regarding press freedom. more…

September 7, 2015

Country Reports of South Asia

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. more…

September 4, 2015

Kazakhstan: stay off criticism or else!

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. more…

August 21, 2015

News goes official in Tajikistan

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. more…

August 17, 2015

Country Reports of Central Asia

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. more…

July 31, 2015

Ahead of polls, Myanmar stifles media freedom

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. more…

July 20, 2015

More Country Reports have been updated on APMU

In the past couple of months, we have been releasing updated country reports on many of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. more…

July 1, 2015

PNG cybercrime policy: promises and fears

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. more…

June 15, 2015

Opening Papua: reality and hope

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”. more…

June 9, 2015

Fears for media in the face of new Australian laws

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. more…