Regional Conference on Media and Disaster

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Thailand will be holding a Conference on Media and Disasters in Asia on April 28 and 29, 2005 at Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket, Thailand.

Titled, In the Tsunami’s Wake: Media and the Coverage of Disasters in Asia, the conference not only hopes to provide a venue for a collective debriefing and processing of media’s role in the coverage of the December 26 tsunami. More important, it is intended to facilitate a sharing of disaster-coverage experiences among the region’s journalists, and thereby validate how access to information can help mitigate disasters, save lives, and foster better governance. For example, beyond strengthening media organisations’ capacities to cover future calamities, the two-day forum also aims to discuss the role of the press in disaster management and mitigation, and in guarding against corruption and inefficiencies in relief efforts.

The Conference will bring together resource persons from aid and disaster agencies and senior reporters, gate-keepers and editorial policymakers in the region.

SEAPA is an alliance of press and media advocacy organisations in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The alliance works for press freedom and greater access to information in Southeast Asia, believing that transparency and the free flow of information are vital to any society’s strength and well-being.

For more information please contact Roby Alampay, executive director, at seapa@seapabkk.org, Tel: 66 2 243 5579 or Fax: 66 2 244 8749