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Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat

Across Southeast Asia freedoms of expression have been backsliding, Timor-Leste has not escaped this regression. While the Constitution has rights guarantees, national laws however are inconsistent with the Constitution and the international standards to which it subscribes. With gaps that may lead to litigation or censorship. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has proposed a […]

Report Launch: Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat

SIGN UP HERE: Abstract: Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat analyses the state of internet freedoms against the background of emerging national legislation pertaining to online content and privacy of data. With the rise in internet and social media usage, the scrutiny of government figures on the digital platforms has resulted in a push for […]

Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Southeast Asia


On 20 August 2021, Asia Centre will release a baseline study, "Infodemic" and SDGs: Internet Freedoms in Southeast Asia, that evaluates the progress made towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 9.C (Access and Affordability of Internet) and SDG 16.10 (Fundamental Freedoms and Access to Information) and its impact on internet freedoms. The study […]

Report Launch – Internet Freedoms in Cambodia: A Gateway to Control


Abstract Cambodia’s plan for a “National Internet Gateway” (NIG) in 2021, is the apex of internet censorship legislation. It is a “firewall” that observes internet traffic nationwide. The NIG would provide the government with the ability to effectively monitor and control all domestic information and communications in the nation through a single choke-point. Over the […]

Media Ethics and Journalism in Malaysia


Abstract On 31st of July, following the LAWAN demonstration held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the police released a series of photos asking the public to share any information they had on these individuals in the pictures. One veteran journalist who worked the crime desk of a prominent local daily participated in sharing that information. The […]

Report Launch – Harmony Laws in Southeast Asia: Majority Dominance, Minority Repression

Abstract: Governments in Southeast Asia often proclaim that they promote and protect racial and religious harmony through their domestic laws. On occasions they even insist that these laws are aligned with international standards. However, in reality, evidence from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Committee on Racial Discrimination (CERD) suggests otherwise. When challenged, government representatives […]

Vaccine Inequality and Worsening Inequalities in Asia

About the Event: Oxfam International and Asia Centre are bringing together experts from Asia and elsewhere to explore how vaccine inequality is worsening and fuelling other forms of inequality in Asia. The webinar is part of Oxfam International and Asia Centre’s Journalism for an Equitable Asia project, which aims to increase public awareness and support […]

Impact of COVID-19 on Human Rights


OverviewHuman Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, as the date marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDH) in 1948. The UNDR stipulates a certain set of basic human rights for all people to be protected and promoted. These rights are as relevant to us today as they were […]

Nominations Open: 2021-2022 Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award

As COVID-19 spread across Asia, harrowing scenes of overflowing hospitals and queues for funeral services in some of the region’s most populous countries shocked the world. However, even before the massive uptake in COVID-19 deaths in Asia in 2021, the 1.2 billion Asians struggling in or on the brink of poverty were grappling with an […]

2021-22 Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award Ceremony

Asia Centre 128/183, Phayathai Plaza Building, 17th Floor, Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi, 10400, Bangkok, Thailand

Hear from the journalists who wrote the 10 top stories selected by the panel judges from 150 submissions from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Timor Leste, Thailand and Vietnam. These journalists delivered high-quality articles on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged groups including women, ethnic, religious and gender minorities, migrants, and informal workers.

2022 Philippines Presidential Election: Fake Accounts, Bots and Trolls

Social media has become an important campaign tool in the 2022 Philippines Presidential Elections. Despite the campaign only officially kicking off on 8 February 2022, social media was already used in the run up to nominations in late 2021. Just days before the kick-off, on 3 February 2022, Philippines lawmakers approved the ‘Subscriber Identity Module […]

ASEAN-EU Relations in light of the War in Ukraine

Date: 17 June 2022Time: 8.30 AM – 5:45 PM (Bangkok, Thailand GMT+7)Venue: Radisson Blu Plaza BangkokSign up here: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) elevated their relationship to a “Strategic Partnership” in 2020. Since then, the Corona and other major challenges have arisen, most notably the war in Ukraine and […]

7th International Conference – Freedom of Expression in Asia

OverviewThis conference will assess the state of freedom of expression in Asia in the aftermath of the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the back of rising autocracy, academic, press and internet freedoms have been severely affected. National governments, in trying to deal with the pandemic, securitised health responses and introduced fake news legislation or […]

Report Launch – Youth and Disinformation in Malaysia

LT21, Taylor's University, Malaysia

“Youth and Disinformation in Malaysia: Strengthening Electoral Integrity” identifies the potential risks from disinformation that youths are likely to face in the 15th General Election (GE15) to be held latest by September 2023. A review of media reports and studies that referenced the last 5 general elections from 1999-2018, revealed 5 recurring patterns of disinformation. […]

STOP: Crimes Against Female Journalists

In Asia, as elsewhere, crimes against female journalists include physical attacks, harassment, abuses, and other gender-based violence. However, often complaints into these crimes against female journalists are not properly investigated and prosecuted. This has given rise to impunity, spiking even more attacks on female journalists. The result is a climate of fear among female media […]

Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Forum

Digital rights in Thailand are in jeopardy as the country has introduced different legislations to restrict the use of the internet. This trend has also become prevalent in other Southeast Asian countries. To discuss the suppression of digital rights in the region, Asia Centre, in partnership with EngageMedia, is hosting the “Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Forum” […]

4-Point Digital Rights Agenda Report Launch | งานเปิดตัวรายงาน “4 วาระสิทธิดิจิทัลสำหรับพรรคการเมืองไทย”

As Thailand’s general election is approaching, there have been concerns whether the next government would ensure citizen participation and set a fertile ground for democracy to prosper once again after the long suspension. Such concerns stem from the fact that in the past years, the government has used laws such as the Computer Crime Act […]

Report Launch – Internet Freedoms in Malaysia: Regulating Online Discourse on Race, Religion, and Royalty

Click here to Register Internet Freedoms in Malaysia: Regulating Online Discourse on Race, Religion, and Royalty analyses how Malaysia’s legal provisions impact online discussions of the 3Rs (race, religion and royalty) that question the special position of the Malays, Islam and the Monarchy. The report explains that Malaysia’s restrictive legal provisions inherited from the colonial […]

Report Launch – State-Sponsored Online Disinformation: Impact On Electoral Integrity In Thailand

Asia Centre 128/183, Phayathai Plaza Building, 17th Floor, Phayathai Road, Thung-Phayathai, Rachatewi, 10400, Bangkok, Thailand

State-Sponsored Online Disinformation: Impact On Electoral Integrity In Thailand examines information operations by government agencies and their impact on the integrity of elections in Thailand. The 2023 General Election has been scheduled for 14 May amid uncertainties and challenges in the electoral process. To that mix, state-sponsored information operations, both domestic and foreign, are expected […]

Report Launch – Political Hate Sites in Singapore: Flourishing without Repercussions

Palms Bistro 60 Anson Rd, #01-02, Singapore

Singapore, a one-party dominated state, has regularly updated and passed new legislation that criminalises criticism of its public officials and policies, leaving only a narrow margin for expressing dissenting views within the established legal boundaries. As a result, the government can repress opposition voices through the tight policing of political expression both offline and online. […]

Hackathon on the ASEAN-EU Relations

FNF, in partnership with Asia Centre, is organising a hackathon to allow young leaders to pitch initiatives to improve the relationship between the two blocs. 16 teams of 2 each from Southeast and East Asia will develop and present their project ideas to audiences. The winners of this regional hackathon will be invited to attend the FNF Annual Conference in Berlin, Germany to present their initiatives and discuss them with German policymakers.

8th International Conference – Democracy and Elections in Asia

Overview Amidst the growing climate of authoritarianism throughout the world, Asia continues to grapple with various challenges related to democratisation and political change. As countries in the region get into a post-pandemic election cycle, political party laws, election advertising laws, fake news laws and laws governing political donations continue to have a problematic impact on […]

Protecting Civic Space: Pushing Back Against Post-Pandemic Authoritarian Governance

The emergency measures imposed by governments across ASEAN during the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted human rights and democracy in the region, leading to the shrinking of civic spaces and repression of civic space. Although most of these measures were publicly meant for public health and safety, government in practice used these to curb civic […]

Fact-Checking: Is It Working?

Google Meet

The prominence of fact-checking has grown as a method to counteract the widespread sharing of unverified, misleading, and often harmful information and rhetoric online. Initially adopted by CSOs and media outlets, this practice was later embraced by social media platforms and governments, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the efficacy of “fact-checking” – as well […]

Oxfam Young Leaders Fellowship Programme 2024

  Development challenges continue to rise in many parts of Asia as democratic civic engagements fall due to repressions and restrictions, raising concerns about inequality, social justice, gender rights, and climate change is becoming a challenge amid rising authoritarian trends. In a world with declining democracies, retreating of human rights, and shrinking civic engagement, the […]

Media Information Literacy: CSOs as Changemakers for Digital Empowerment

Google Meet

In today’s digital landscape, Media Information Literacy (MIL) stands as the cornerstone, providing individuals with essential skills to navigate the vast sea of information and counter the rising tide of disinformation and misinformation propagated by various state and non-state actors. Bridging the digital literacy gap is a critical task, and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) emerge […]

Digital Technology in Cambodia: Challenges and Opportunities

AmCam Exchange Level 6, The Atom at Vattanac Lifestyle Cube, 66 Preah Monivong Blvd (93), ,, Phnom Penh, The Atom at Vattanac Lifestyle Cube, #66 Preah Monivong Blvd (93), Cambodia

Background Since the late 2000s, the use of digital technology has increased rapidly across Cambodia. This has happened in a context where the internet penetration index has increased sharply in the country. In 2012, it stood at 12%, and by early 2024, it had increased to 56.7%. The widespread adoption of social media platforms has […]