2017 Special Issue: Unshackling expression - A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia


Freedom of expression and opinion online is increasingly criminalised with the aid of penal and internet-specific legislation. With this report, we hope to bring to light the problematic trends in the use of laws against freedom of expression in online spaces in Asia.

In this special edition of GISWatch, APC brings together analysis on the criminalisation of online expression from six Asian states: Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Thailand.

The report also includes an overview of the methodology adapted for the purposes of the country research, as well as an identification of the international standards on online freedom of expression and the regional trends to be found across the six states that are part of the study. This is followed by the country reports, which expound on the state of online freedom of expression in their respective states.

With this report, we hope to expand this research to other states in Asia and to make available a resource that civil society, internet policy experts and lawyers can use to understand the legal framework domestically and to reference other jurisdictions.


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Global Information Society Watch 2017 Special Edition

APC Serial Number: APC-201711-CIPP-R-EN-P-275

APC Serial Number: APC-201711-CIPP-R-EN-DIGITAL-276

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Country Reports

  • Internet Democracy Project
  • Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
  • Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation
  • Media Matters for Democracy
  • Freedom of Expression Documentation Center, iLaw
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