WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (11 – 17 February 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)

A panel discussion on “The Challenges of Protecting Press Freedom in a Divided World

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Cambodia

The Cambodia Daily: “Commentator Kim Sok Jailed Over Defamation, Incitement Charges

“Political firebrand Kim Sok was charged and imprisoned on Friday (17 February 2017) for comments he made apparently pointing the finger at the government for the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, a court spokesman said…. ‘The judge decided to provisionally detain charged person Kim Sok for public defamation and incitement to cause social disorder,’ said Ly Sophana, a spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.”

 

Indonesia

Netral English: “Here is Chronology of Violence against Journalists in 112 Rally

“The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) of Jakarta elaborates the chronology of acts of violence and intimidation against journalists during organization of 112 at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Saturday (2/11/2017).”

 

Engage Media: “Press Freedom Investigation in Papua Highlights Challenges for Local Journalists

“Eight journalists from eight Indonesian media outlets traveled to West Papua last week to investigate media freedom and the safety of journalists in the region, after an international delegation called on Indonesia to address press freedom violations in 2015.”

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Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF): “Deadline looms on Papua press blocks – PFF

 

Malaysia

Malay Mail Online: “Pahang MB wins bid to continue defamation suit against Utusan

“The Federal Court has ruled today (13 February 2017) that Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob can proceed with his defamation suit against newspaper publisher Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd over a 2014 article.”

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The Star Online. “Defamation suit: Adnan to get his day at the High Court
Free Malaysia Today: “High Court to hear Pahang MB’s suit against Utusan
Malaysiakini: “Pahang MB’s defamation suit against Utusan Malaysia to get full trial

 

Myanmar

The Irrawaddy: “State-Run Media Misleads the Public About War, Says KIO

“Government and Tatmadaw-controlled media organizations have misinformed the public about the Burma Army’s military offensives, alleged Gen Gun Maw, vice chairman of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)…. Gen Gun Maw said that state-run media have falsely persuaded the public that Burma Army attacks against ethnic armed groups are related to those groups not signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).”

 

The Irrawaddy. “Dateline Irrawaddy: ‘The Govt Must Reform State-Run Media‘”

“A democratic society can be defined by ideological pluralism. In a democratic society, the government has the responsibility to support media diversity. Only then can it be a functioning democracy. If it suppresses it [media diversity], then we assume that the government is bad. So, the government has to think about what it can do to strengthen mainstream media.”

 

New Mandala: “Myanmar’s media and Internet muzzle

“Various activist groups and media networks have petitioned the parliament of Myanmar to prioritise the proposed review of the Telecommunications Law. In particular, they wanted to scrap section 66(d) of the law, which they claim is being abused by some officials who wanted to silence critics of the army (Tatmadaw) and the government.”

 

Philippines

INQUIRER.net: “FOI bill hurdles House committee level

“The freedom of information (FOI) bill hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (15 February 2017)…. All members of the public information committee approved the substitute bill which seeks to strengthen the people’s right to information from government officials and agencies.”

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Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Palace hails House body’s OK of freedom of information bill
GMA News Online: “Palace lauds House committee’s approval of FOI bill
ABS-CBN News. “FOI bill prospects ‘better than ever’: Tinio
Rappler.com: “House panel approves FOI bill with 8 exceptions
Manila Bulletin: “House committee okays FOI bill” ; “Passage of FOI bill at House possible within the year -Speaker Alvarez
InterAksyon.com: “Lawmakers vow FOI passage within 2017

 

Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Broadcast firms to go digital by ’23

“The country’s television broadcast companies should fully transition to digital TV from analog by 2023…. The new target emerged on Tuesday (14 February 2017) during the Digital TV Summit, organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, which also outlined steps for the migration to digital TV.”

 

Thailand

The Nation: “NRSA reform committee at loggerheads over media council

“The media reform committee has failed to reach a decision on the controversial composition of the media council stipulated in the new draft media regulation bill…. Kanit Suwannet, chairman of the committee under the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA), said the committee could not reach a resolution on the issue on Tuesday (14 February 2017).”

 

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