The International Federation of Journalists reported that the Philippines is the most dangerous country in Southeast Asia for journalists. President Duterte is a vocal critic of the press. Before taking office, he told journalists at a press conference, “Free speech won’t save you, my dear.”
In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.