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: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia
Coconet II: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia 02 August 2019

Coconet (short for Connecting Communities and Networks) is a platform for digital rights movement building in Southeast Asia. From 20-26 October 2019, up to 120 filmmakers, researchers, journalists, human rights advocates and technologists from across Asia will gather in the Philippines for Coconet II, a digital rights camp. Organised by EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communications, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance and a host of partners, the camp will break down silos, catal...

Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped
Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped 15 February 2019 Various

We, the undersigned, view with extreme concern the unwarranted arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site. These charges had initially been dismissed as baseless by the same public institution that is now instrumental in the prosecution of her case.  We note that Ms. Ressa’s arrest was effected around 5:00 p.m., at the close of business hou...

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

“It all started with a malicious Facebook post. Photographs of venerated figures – two Hindu kings of medieval India, and a recently departed demagogue of a Hindu right-wing political party, were morphed to show them in an apparently ‘derogatory’ manner, and widely circulated over social media. As if on cue, the moment they went viral, hundreds of supporters of far right Hindu organisat...

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