Freedom of Expression and Right to Information in ASEAN Countries

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This report outlines a regional analysis into the challenges, threats and opportunities to Freedom of Expression and Right to Information in the ASEAN countries.

While this research examined freedom of expression across all 10 ASEAN nations, Internews selected five countries – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines – for deeper analysis. The study revealed that while the struggle to expand freedom of expression and the right to information is a common denominator connecting the countries within the region, the scope and scale of that struggle varies by country.

The study made a set of recommendations to address the exisiting needs. Amongst those, Internews Europe recommends establishing or supporting a regional forum and network for organisations working across the range of freedom of expression and right to information issues. Internews also recommends support to multi-country collaborations between diverse organisations tackling restrictive laws, for example ‘cyber-crime’ laws, through the provision of technical assistance, skills, resources and networking.

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