WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (1 – 7 April 2017)

Here are some of the press freedom- and free expression-related events and issues you might have missed last week:


Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)


National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
[Philippines] Statement: No excuse for Environment Secretary’s treatment of reporter


Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI, Alliance of Independent Journalists)
[Indonesia] Joint Stakeholders’ Report: “On the Situation of the Right to Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Association and Assembly in Indonesia to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Indonesia Twenty-seventh Session (April-May 2017)


Southeast Asia

Global Voices: “Southeast Asian Leaders Use ‘Fake News’ to Justify Tighter Media Laws and Intimidate Their Critics

“Several governments in Southeast Asia are invoking the fake news problem to introduce stricter laws and to harass members of the media.”



The Cambodia Daily: “Surveillance State

“Security loopholes exploiting Cambodia’s mobile networks are thought to be behind months of leaks, hacks and snoops that have spooked activists and politicians…”



Radio Free Asia: “Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs Backs Journalist Facing Defamation, Religious Insult Lawsuits

“Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture on Wednesday (5 April 2017) rejected charges of defamation and insulting religion brought against a prominent journalist by followers of an ultranationalist Buddhist group who say he insulted an outspoken member of their organization in an online post.”

See also:

The Irrawaddy: “Religious Affairs Ministry: Journalist Ko Swe Win Has Not Violated the Law” ; “Nationalists Appeal to Govt to Take Action Against Myanmar Now Correspondent


The Irrawaddy: “Widow, Friends of Murdered Journalist Urge For Progress in Case

“Friends and relatives of a murdered local reporter are voicing their frustration at a lack of progress in the nearly four-month old investigation…. The bruised body of Eleven Media Group’s (EMG) Ko Soe Moe Tun, 36, was found at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 13 on the Union Highway in Monywa Township, Sagaing Division. An autopsy revealed that he died of a skull fracture resulting from having been beaten.”


The Global New Light of Myanmar: “‘We can cover news freely’

“The News and Periodicals Enterprise led 18 journalists from the BBC, VOA, EPA, TV Asahi, Nippon TV, Fuji TV, Central News Bureau, Frontier Myanmar, Irrawaddy, Myawady, MRTV, MITV, Myanmar News Agency, Myanmar Alin and Kyaemon for a media visit to Sittway, Buthidaung, Maungtaw and Yathedaung in Rakhine State from 28 March to 1 April…. They were interviewed on their views and comments about the visit.”



InterAksyon.com. “Quizzed on mining directive, Gina Lopez vents ire on BW reporter: ‘You’re just a f—ing employee’

“Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez on Wednesday (5 April 2017) unleashed a tirade on a reporter of BusinessWorld, whose questions about mining she resented, in the process describing the journalist as ‘bought by the greed and selfishness.'”

See also:

BusinessWorld Online: “Journalists’ groups denounce Lopez’s behavior towards BusinessWorld reporter; NUJP calls for apology over verbal abuse


Chicago Tribune: “How to cover a president who’s literally willing to go to war with the media

“Whether Trump’s and Duterte’s attacks are knee-jerk reactions or a calculated strategy, they have left the media stranded and confused. The only response available to Filipino journalists has been to re-dedicate themselves to their craft.”


Philippine Daily Inquirer: “LTO execs sued for violating Duterte’s FOI order

“An anti-corruption group has filed a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against Land Transportation Office Chief Edgar Galvante and Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz for allegedly violating President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order on freedom of information.”



Bangkok Post: “Unanimous vote passes media bill

“The amended National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) bill was passed into law on Friday (31 March 2017), incorporating key changes to the commissioner line-up and selection process.”



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