The Human Rights Press Awards, Asia’s most prestigious honours that recognise outstanding human rights reporting, have returned for the 22nd year.
It’s no longer just China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam that are bullying the media. Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Myanmar – now led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi – are also becoming hazardous for journalists.
The Chinese government has intensified its attempts to deny or restrict the access of foreign journalists to large parts of the country, new survey finds.
We call on the authorities to reverse the decision and allow Rappler and other media outlets to operate freely and safely.
We call on Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government to act to defend press freedom which is under serious assault as the country undertakes its transition to democracy.
Categories for the Human Rights Press Awards, now in their 22nd year, include Spot News; Features; Multimedia; Television/Video; Radio and Photography.
Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, two Myanmar journalists with the Reuters news agency, were arrested and charged under a section of the Official Secrets Act on Wednesday.