WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (10 – 16 September 2016)

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)

[Thailand] Groups oppose proposed shift to state regulation of the media

See also:
Pakistan Press Foundation is concerned over media regulation bill proposed by NRSA in Thailand



Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR)
Radio Reporter Receives Death Threats
Broadcaster Arrested for Libel


Southeast Asia

Nikkei Asian Review: “Southeast Asian governments struggle to cope with the online social revolution

“Riding the wave of information technology, people find themselves able to communicate collective ideas, intents, desires, frustrations, identities, resentments, tastes and consumption preferences as never before…. This social revolution is not new, but it is a gathering storm.”



The Jakarta Post: “RI Press Council to help its new counterpart in Timor Leste

“The Indonesian Press Council has agreed to help the Timor Leste Press Council build up its newly created institution. The two bodies signed a cooperation agreement in Jakarta on Monday (5 September 2016).”



Malay Mail Online: “Don’t sound like the opposition, ex-Washington Post reporter tells Malaysian journalists

“While the independent media has the duty to hold those in power accountable, it must also refrain from acting as the voice of the opposition, a former journalist with The Washington Post advised Malaysian journalists.”



Anadolu Agency. “Myanmar: Marchers face charge for attacking journalist

“A photojournalist who was attacked during a rally by nationalists protesting a former United Nations chief’s role in a Myanmar government advisory commission on troubled Rakhine State has begun filing a lawsuit.”

See also:
The Irrawaddy: “Nationalists Clash with Locals, Reporters at Rally in Rangoon” ; “Photojournalist Files Lawsuit After Abuse at Nationalist Rally



ABS-CBN News: “Witness tags Duterte in killing of hard-hitting broadcaster

“A Senate witness claiming to have worked as an assassin for then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed Thursday (15 September 2016) that the long-time mayor ordered the killing of hard-hitting commentator Jun Pala.”

See also:
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). “NUJP to Pres. Duterte: Enlighten public about Pala murder


National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP): “North Cotabato broadcaster arrested, says he is facing up to 50 libel cases

“The manager of a community radio station in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato has been arrested and detained on two of what he said could run to 50 libel cases filed against him by Makilala Mayor Rudy Caoagdan.”

See also:
MindaNews: “Broadcaster arrested for libel in Kidapawan City


Rappler.com: “Media barred from live coverage of Duterte’s events on Sept 12

“Media were not allowed to air live any of President Rodrigo Duterte’s events on Monday, September 12, according to instructions by the Presidential Appointments office.”


INQUIRER.net. “Duterte to media: Go ahead, criticize me

“‘Do not hesitate to attack me, criticize me, if I do wrong in my job,’ Duterte told reporters, after being asked if he is angry at journalists. Duterte told reporters at the Davao International Airport after his arrival from Indonesia.”

See also:
Duterte softens on media
GMA News Online. “Duterte to media: ‘Hindi ako galit sa inyo (I’m not angry with you)
The Philippine Star: “Presidential Miscommunications Office” ; “Media told: Be more professional


Rappler.com: “Change has come!

“In the 12th Media Nation, an annual gathering of journalists to exchange views and air pressing concerns, some facts stood clear: An organized campaign to discredit mainstream news organizations is alive and well in social media; Online bashing and intimidation of individual journalists and media organizations is unrelenting; Facts have become a casualty; The role of media as an independent voice and watchdog is forgotten, buried in the political hyper-partisanship.”



The Nation: “Media rise in protest against regulatory bill

“Major media organisations will meet today to discuss a joint stance on the media regulation bill proposed by the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA). It appears that they could issue a joint statement in opposition to the bill.”

See also:
Media bodies propose alternative to new legally binding regulations” ; “Public should referee battle over media freedom
Bangkok Post: “Leading media watchdogs say no to council
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): “Draft regulatory bill threatens media freedom in Thailand


Prachatai English: “Elderly man jailed for two years for selling lèse majesté book

“The Supreme court has sentenced a bookseller to two years in jail for selling a banned book on the death of the former King, The Devil’s Discus, written by the English-South African author Rayne Kruger and published in 1964.”


Bangkok Post: “Uttama resigns as ICT minister

“Uttama Savanayana has resigned as minister of the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to make way for the establishment of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, according to ICT Ministry spokesman Chatchai Khunpitilak.”

See also:
Prajin draws praise as ICT pick
The Nation: “‘Resignation’ may delay village broadband scheme



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