Since the AJF’s inception in 2018 and amid the Covid-19 crisis, there have been significant changes to press freedom in the Asia–Pacific region. To track this and ensure a comprehensive understanding of the regional challenges facing democracy that involve press freedom, AJF has created a data visualisation so organisations, governments, journalists and the general public can track the status of these issues during that time frame and see how they’ve evolved during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This project will, in turn, aid the development of solutions to support press freedom and democracy.
The AJF’s aim in developing this data-visualisation is for it to be of use in the following ways:
- as an overview and ongoing monitor of press freedom in the region;
- as a means for the public and interested parties to easily access updates on press freedom within countries in the region; and
- as a resource organisations can use to develop strategy to deal with crises and the impacts they have on press freedom.
The AJF seeks to work diplomatically with countries in the region, so this map aims to be as un-biased as possible in its recording of press freedom incidents. We do not rank or grade countries, but instead provide concise record of instances that have hampered journalists’ abilities to carry out their work. As this map develops, AJF also hopes to include instances where press freedom has been supported in the region.
Please note: the map currently tracks fourteen countries, as this has been in line with our capacity. Thanks to our Project Partners, Facebook Journalism Project, we are now able to expand into the Pacific. So stay tuned in the weeks and months ahead as this map expands.