Civil society organizations renew calls to end impunity for crimes against journalists in the Maldives

28 NOVEMBER 2023: Maldives Journalists Association (MJA), Transparency Maldives,Association for Democracy in the Maldives (ADM), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ),Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urge the Government of Maldives to expedite investigations and for the relevant authorities to pursue, where evidence permits, prosecutions to end impunity for serious crimes

ANFREL highlights importance of media in informing the public, monitoring electoral processes to achieve free, fair and democratic elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) participated in a panel discussion about the weaponization of law against press freedom in Southeast Asia on 2 November 2023. The panel discussion, hosted by the Press Freedom Monitoring in Southeast Asia coalition, was organized to commemorate the 2023 International Day to End Impunity for

Joint Press Statement: Transparency Maldives and Maldives Journalists Association express concern regarding the proposed amendments to the Election (General) Act 11/2008

We are greatly concerned by the government's proposed amendments to the Election (General) Act 11/2008 that will potentially restrict the scope of journalists monitoring elections, just six months ahead of this year's presidential elections. According to the proposed amendment to Section 41 of the Act, only registered journalists will be allowed to

Joint Statement: Media and civil society groups deeply disturbed by government’s decision to revoke VOD’s media license and the sexual harassment of a female reporter

Phnom Penh, February 13, 2023 – We, the undersigned media and civil society organizations, are deeply disturbed by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s order to revoke the license of Voice of Democracy (VOD), one of the last remaining independent media outlets in Cambodia. We also condemn the recent sexual harassment and intimidation of

Joint Statement: Amend provision in the Evidence Act that compels journalists to reveal sources

Transparency Maldives, one of the signatories in this joint statement, is a member of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). 25 July 2022: The undersigned 10 organizations call on the government of Maldives to repeal or amend the deeply problematic provision in the Evidence Act (Act No. 11/2022) that compels journalists

Call for Applications: ANFREL SEA Media Fellowship on Election Reporting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), the leading election monitoring group in Asia, is proud to launch its pilot media fellowship on election reporting for Southeast Asian journalists. The fellowship program seeks to equip journalists from independent news outlets and freelance journalists in empowering the electorate through crucial reporting of underrepresented

Joint Open Letter: Crackdown on Press Freedom & Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh

03 May 2021 H.E. Michelle BacheletUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsPalais Wilson52 rue des PâquisCH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland RE: Crackdown on Press Freedom & Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh Dear High Commissioner Bachelet, On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we write to draw your attention to the escalating human rights

Myanmar Situation Update (29 March – 4 April 2021)

Protests continued over the past week across the towns and cities in Myanmar despite the strong crackdown by the military and the police. The people of Myanmar protested using innovative ways, such as  “garbage strikes”, “flower strikes” and “Easter egg strikes” throughout the week. Due to the air strikes in the Kayin

Myanmar Situation Update (22-28 March 2021)

As the Tatmadaw marked the Myanmar Armed Forces Day on March 27, at least 114 people were killed by the military junta, the bloodiest day so far since the military coup on February 1. The mass killings came a day after the military junta warned the protesters that they will face the

Myanmar Situation Update (15-21 March 2021)

In the past week, the military junta shut down mobile internet and wireless broadband internet (except for fibre internet)  indefinitely. Crackdowns against the media were also intensified, with three journalists arrested in a week. Since the military’s Feb. 1 coup, a total of 40 journalists have been arrested by the junta, with

A Call to Defend Democracy

This is a joint statement signed by various organizations and individuals. See endorsers here. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy. Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to

Joint Statement: Civil Society Organizations condemn the continued investigation of ex-RFA journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin

Phnom Penh, 04 October 2019 – We, the undersigned civil society organizations strongly condemn the decision by the Municipal Court judge to continue the investigation into unsubstantiated espionage charges against Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin. The pair were arbitrarily arrested, detained and charged for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression

Joint Letter: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session

To Members and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council 30 August 2019 Re: UN Human Rights Council should address human rights crisis in Cambodia at its 42nd session Dear Excellency, The undersigned civil society organizations, representing groups working within and outside Cambodia to advance human rights, rule of law,

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