Fiona Li | TrustLaw – Thomson Reuters Foundation | Thailand
Shawn Crispin | Committee to Protect Journalists | Thailand
Prasanth Sugathan | Software Freedom Law Center | India
Laura Notess | Centre for Law and Democracy | Canada
Saroj Ghimire | Himalayan Lawyers & Associates | Nepal
As countries globally have been drawing up laws and measures to control the spread of COVID-19, concerns have been raised around threats to various liberties. In Asia, we have witnessed a sweep of emergency measures that curb the flow of information through intimidation of the press leading to distrust and a surge of misinformation. Contact tracing and patient data have also become controversial with fears of violation of privacy without the necessary safeguards.
What has been the immediate impact on journalists and the right to information as a result of the responses? What are the possible impacts of these measures being extended when the pandemic subsides eventually? More importantly, how can pro bono support help protect these civil liberties?
This session explores the questions above with examples of pro bono support in research and litigation in Asia in the fields of media freedom, privacy and digital rights.