May 2: Launch of SEAPA’s regional press freedom report 2013

Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) in cooperation with Thai Media Policy Center, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University invites* members of media community, diplomatic corps and civil society organisations based in Bangkok to attend the launch of SEAPA’s annual report on the state of media freedom in Southeast Asia on Thursday, 2 May 2013 at a conference room on the 10th Floor of Mongkutsamatiwong Building of the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

The report will highlight issues, cases and concerns about the situation of media freedom in 11 Southeast Asian countries in 2012. It will also include analysis of regional and national trends for the year as well as forecasts for the following year in order to draw public attention to potential challenges to overall freedom of expression.

For 2013, the launch of the 2012 report coincides with the 20th-year celebration of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, with the theme “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”.

The launch of the SEAPA report is part of the regional network’s advocacy efforts to raise the awareness of the media community and the public about trends and challenges in the regional media landscape and violations that have taken place throughout the year. It is hoped the media community specifically, and the general public, are more sensitized to threats faced by the media community at large and lend support to initiatives to arrest the violations.

During the launch, SEAPA will also highlight some of the specific cases that need urgent attention of the media community as well as the state authorities concerned.


1-2pm Presentation of issues, cases and concerns about the media freedom in 2012 and trends for 2013, by Gayathry Venkiteswaran, executive director of SEAPA
2-3:30 pm Panel Discussion on challenges and response to the on-going violations and trends towards freedom of expression in the ASEAN context

Panelists: Kavi Chongkittavorn, SEAPA chairperson, Pradit Ruangdit, Thai Journalists Association president, and Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, SEAPA. Facilitator: Dr Pirongrong Ramasoota Rananand, Director, Thai Media Policy Center, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

3:30-4 pm Questions and Answers

The discussion will be conducted in English and Thai. English-Thai translation shall be provided.

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