Research & Publications


Balancing Civil Rights & National Security: Impact of Anti-Terror Laws on Media & Civil LIberties in Europe & Asia

Joint publication by AMIC and EUC, edited by Kalinga Seneviratne and Yeo Lay Hwee


The EU Centre, in partnership with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), has published and launched a joint publication titled Balancing Civil Rights and National Security: Impact of Anti-Terror Laws on Media and Civil Liberties in Europe and Asia on 17 December 2011.

There has been a rush to adopt anti-terror laws in the aftermath of 9/11, and this has undermined respect for human rights and the rule of law” said a statement issued by 40 representatives of journalists, media, lawyers and civil rights organizations that met in a Forum on anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on freedom of expression and information, in preparation for the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communications Services that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland in May 2009.

They reiterated that these laws have resulted in censorship and self-censorship, to the detriment of society’s right to be informed. Be it the liberal democracies of the West or those in the East, anti-terror laws introduced since 9/11, or tightened in that atmosphere, seem to have impacted negatively on hard-won media freedoms in many countries.

This book examines its impact in both Europe and Asia, particularly on the journalism profession.

Please download a digital copy (.pdf) here. You can also obtain a copy of the book from the EU Centre office or at our public events.