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Freedom of Religion or Belief and Freedom of Expression in Southeast Asia

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A Regional Seminar and Workshop for Journalist was organized in Bali, Indonesia.  Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs AM Fachir has delivered a Keynote Speech at the Regional Seminar and Workshop for Journalists: “The Nexus between Freedom of Religion or Belief and Freedom of Expression in Southeast Asia”, in Ayodya Resort, Bali (18/3).

He pointed out that to instill peace and tolerance in the age of hoaxes and fake news, a closer collaboration among independent and objective journalists, moderate religious and social leaders, vibrant CSOs, and government is important

In the region, ASEAN has taken important measures to foster freedom of religion and expression. Yet, regulations are not enough. A strong regional network of journalists that champions tolerance and develops a powerful narrative against toxic extremist arguments, is needed.

Vice Minister  AM Fachir invited all participants to join a minute of silence for the Christchurch Terror Attack. The barbaric attacks served as a strong reminder that terrorism remains a real threat, irrespective of any religious denominations or cultural backgrounds.

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