Media Invite: Regional Conference on Media and Internet Freedoms in Kuala Lumpur

medianetasia vertThe Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) a Bangkok-based regional media freedom group, together with its partners, the Centre for Independent Journalism, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower), the Centre for the Study of Culture and Communications of the University of Nottingham Malaysia and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), will be organizing a three-day regional conference themed Connecting Media and Internet Freedoms in Kuala Lumpur this week.

The conference is expected to generate debates and surface perspectives from the region about media and the internet. We are inviting about 100 members of the media, media NGOs/associations, internet rights activists, academics and lawyers from Asia to discuss questions on the divide between the “old” media and the online media, the extent to which media is responsible for spreading and inciting hatred and how surveillance practices impact on citizens’ and media rights and freedoms.

We would appreciate it if you could assign a reporter to cover the plenary sessions at the conference and a dinner talk, which will be held at the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Details of the sessions and dinner talk as follows:

Date: 15 October (Wednesday)
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Topic: Online and Offline Media: Transcending media divide
Panelists: Uni Lubis (moderator, Indonesia), Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota (Thailand), Ye Ni (Editor, Irrawaddy Magazine,
Myanmar), Roy Ngerng (Blogger, Singapore)


Date: 16 October (Thursday)
Time: 10.30pm – 12.30pm
Topic: Hate speech and the media
Moderator: Prof Cherian George (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Panelists: Jahanzaib Haque (Editor, Pakistan), Mon Mon Myat (Burma), Endy Bayuni (Senior Editor, Jakarta Post), Sampath Samarakoon (Free Media Movement Sri Lanka), Judy Taing (Article

Both the above plenaries will be in Room 11, Level 6 of the hotel.

You are also invited to a dinner talk on the topic: “Critical Voices: Engaging Democratic Participation Amongst Civil Society And The Media” by journalist Susan Loone and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri on 15 October (Wednesday) at 7.00pm at Hugo’s at 6, on Level 6 of the conference hotel. It will be moderated by Associate Prof. Dr. Joanne Lim of the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

Please click this link to read the tentative agenda. You are welcome to attend the whole conference.

For inquiries, please contact:

  • SEAPA executive director, (Ms) Gayathry Venkiteswaran at (mobile: 0197257970)
  • #MediaNetAsia14 conference coordinator, (Ms) Shook Fong at (mobile: 016-2044818).

Thank you.

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