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For Donor Meeting - Freedom of Expression and Right to Information in Southeast Asia

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Bryant Macale

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Transcript of For Donor Meeting - Freedom of Expression and Right to Information in Southeast Asia

Freedom of Expression landscape in Southeast Asia
Visibly struggling in the face of increasing threats within national borders, including from a cross-regional domino effect of regressive laws and policies
While the struggle to expand FoE and RTI is a common denominator connecting the countries within the region, the scope and scale of that struggle varies by country.

Key findings
Fragmented and erratic freedom of expression sector
Key findings
Fragmented and erratic
freedom of expression
sector
Freedom of Expression
and
Right to Information

in
Southeast Asia

Key findings
Systematic collaboration on high priority issues
limited
Key findings
Shifting
donor commitments
Recommendations
Establish or support a
regional forum and network
for organisations working across the range of FoE/RTI issues, bringing together expertise from key regional and national organisations, and following best-practice models from other areas of the world
Recommendations
Support
multi-country collaborations
between diverse organisations tackling restrictive laws, for example ‘cyber-crime’ laws, through the provision of technical assistance, skills, resources and networking. Establish or strengthen a
lead regional organisation
focused on online free expression.
Recommendations
Strengthen links between country-level organisations and existing regional resources to prioritise the
safety and protection of journalists
(e.g. the UN Safety Plan)
Recommendations
Support organisations working to end impunity through
regional policy approaches
.
Recommendations
Support nascent civil society organisations to develop strong links and exchanges with relevant organisations with
cross-border exposure trips where country clusters exist
Recommendations
Work with/through other regional networks to provide
digital security training
Recommendations
Investigate support for
other forms of media
such as documentary film and photography as entry points on FoE in the most challenging environments.
Recommendations
Foster the development of a
donors’ forum
for Southeast Asia involving regional and international donors.
Key findings
Fragmented and erratic
freedom of expression sector
Key findings
Recommendations
Investigate support for
other forms of media
such as documentary film and photography as entry points on FoE in the most challenging environments.
Recommendations
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