YANGON/BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia has, in recent decades, enjoyed increasing democratization along with economic growth. But there has been significant backsliding of late on free speech rights in the region.
Two reporters working for the Reuters news agency have been arrested in Myanmar while covering the Rohingya refugee crisis. In Cambodia, one radio network's bureau and a newspaper have been shut down. Authorities in Singapore and Thailand are also tightening the screws on media.