SEAPA selected the theme of “Media coverage of the 2015 Myanmar General Elections” to draw attention and examine different aspects of this challenge that the media community in the country during the 2015 elections. While international and regional reportage focused on the conduct of the poll as well as its outcome, it was also important to look at how the country’s media performs in the context of this exercise.
From the contexts of the media situation and electoral exercises in their respective countries, journalists around Southeast Asia possess important perspectives that can help the local media community unpack their upcoming experience in the general election. Regional journalists can also learn their own lessons from how the media in Myanmar cope with the challenges that they share with the rest of the country, from within their role in promoting freedom of expression in the political arena.
The 2015 Fellows:
Bernard Cheah is a Malaysian journalist working for the Sun Daily.
Chino Gaston is a Filipino journalist working for the GMA News TV. In his spare time, he advocates media safety.
- Suu Kyi win scripts a new dawn for media freedom
- Legal shackles on the media
- Spot Report: With free and peaceful elections, democracy dawns in Myanmar
- Spot Report: World watches as Myanmar holds first free polls
Ryan Rosauro is a Filipino independent journalist writing news articles for several mainstream media in the Philippines.
- NLD poll landslide shows that democracy and free media crucial for ethnic peace
- Democracy opens more space for mainstreaming ethnic voices
- Spot Report: Burmese opposition celebrates expected win in November 8 polls
Shinta Maharani is an Indonesian journalist working as the Yogyakarta based correspondent for Tempo Magazine, Indonesia.
Chino and Ryan are returning SEAPA Fellows, both having participated in the 2010 Fellowship.