Is there a real divide between the “old” media and the online media? Is the media responsible for spreading and even inciting hatred? How are surveillance practices impacting on citizens’ and media rights and freedoms? These are questions that will be explored at a Regional Conference on Media and Internet Freedom in October, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The three-day regional conference, starting 15 October, is open to members of the media, including media freedom advocates, internet rights activists, academics in the field of media, ICT and law, lawyers and tech experts from Asia to discuss these issues through a number of lenses – human rights, ethics and gender, among the main ones.
The conference is jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia (CIJ), the Centre for the Study of Communications and Culture (CSCC) of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER), and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
Experts on media, laws on free speech, hate speech, privacy and surveillance will be invited to share case studies and current debates that would help set the stage for the participatory discussions. A special workshop on digital safety will be held on 14 October as a pre-conference event for journalists and bloggers.
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