Southeast Asian Press Alliance
SEAPA is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation campaigning for genuine press freedom in Southeast Asia. Established in Bangkok in November 1998, it aims to unite independent journalists’ and press-related organizations in the region into a force for advocacy and mutual protection. SEAPA’s goal is to provide a forum for the defence of press freedom, giving protection to journalists and nurturing an environment where free expression, transparency, pluralism and a responsible media culture can flourish.
Coconet II will bring together 120 people in the Philippines, on 20-26 October, to catalyse regional networking and collaboration, develop skills, deepen relationships, spark campaigns, and bring new actors into the digital rights field. The deadline for applications is 11 August.
SEAPA and other organisations, including APC, express concern over the unwarranted arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa on 13 February 2019 based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site.