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Media, State Control, and Freedom of Religion in South and Southeast Asia

Author: Sudipta Roy

June 29, 2021

This brief provides a comparative analysis of media landscapes and major issues that hinder, prevent, or support religious freedom in South and Southeast Asian countries. It is directed to peacebuilders and policymakers at country and regional levels. It highlights two crosscutting themes: how social hostilities between religious and ethnic groups are represented in the media and the leverage of state-controlled digital media. The brief offers practical recommendations that can be pursued at national and regional levels to advance the right to religious freedom.

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