WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (14 – 20 January 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)
Rediscover your way back to the truth: Open letter to Communications Secretary Martin Andanar



The Cambodia Daily: “Hun Sen, as Journalism Professor, Wines and Dines the Media

“It was clear before Prime Minister Hun Sen took the stage on Saturday (14 January 2017) that his inaugural meeting with local journalists in Phnom Penh was not going to be a confrontational affair…. The crowd of hundreds of journalists and government officials—notably left off the list were U.S.-funded radio broadcasters and foreign-based media outlets—clapped in unison as he entered Sokha hotel’s main ballroom to a soundtrack of traditional music being played by a band in the back.”



EngageMedia: “Indonesia blocks nearly 800,000 websites including Suara Papua

“As of 11 January 2017, more than 766,000 websites were blocked for pornography, 2100 for gambling, 85 for radicalism, 23 for SARA (secular sentiment) and 2 for security. There have also been 264 cases of ‘normalisation’…. Despite the government’s positive spin on TRUST+ and its censorship program, these developments reflect a worrying trend in increased online surveillance (read more: Digital Freedom and Privacy Under Attack in Indonesia).”


TEMPO.CO: “Freedom of Expression in Social Media

“Siracusa principles are used in the international law to limit the freedom of expression, which must not be used to declare war or spread religious, ethnic, and race-based hatred and discrimination intending to disrupt national order…. That principle is starting to take effect in the cyber world including social media.”


The Jakarta Post: “Jokowi declines to comment on ‘Jokowi Undercover’

“President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo declined to comment on Monday (16 January 2017) on the controversy surrounding a book about him titled Jokowi Undercover, whose author Bambang Tri Mulyono has been arrested by the National Police for defamation.”



Countercurrents.org. “Myanmar: A scribe’s Murder And Its Aftermath

“Myanmar (also known as Burma or Brahmadesh) as a whole witness lesser incidents of journo-killing and the Buddhist majority country witnessed the assassination of only five journalists in the last one and half decades. But the recent murder of a young reporter in its northwestern part, which is adjacent to Nagaland & Manipur, exposes the vulnerability of media persons, who dare to report on critical issues including the environment and shockingly with little hope for justice.”


Myanmar Times: “Eleven Media case continues as another local paper sued for defamation

“Despite the apology and retraction issued by Eleven Media Group, Yangon Region government will not withdraw its action for defamation against the group’s CEO, U Than Htut Aung, Tarmwe Township Court heard on January 13.”



The Philippine Star: “‘3 Pinoy journalists among 101 killed in 2016’

“One journalist was killed every four days worldwide in 2016, with three Filipinos among the 101 slain reporters, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.”


INQUIRER.net. “Palace reporters hit Andanar, admin officials: Stop blaming the media

“The Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) decried Wednesday (18 January 2017) the statement of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, claiming that media ‘misreported’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments on martial law.”

See also:
Poe, Escudero: Advice to Andanar on Malacañang-media quarrel
Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Palace press slams Andanar
Rappler.com: “Palace media slam Andanar over ‘misreporting’ tirade
GMA News. “Malacañang reporters fire back at Andanar, Palace execs: Stop blaming media, read entire news


Rappler.com: “GMA-7 talents win illegal dismissal case

“Former contractual workers of network giant GMA-7 have won their illegal dismissal case before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)…. The decision orders the network to reinstate the workers and pay them back wages equivalent to the workers’ monthly salary from the time they were dismissed until their reinstatement. TAG President Christian Cabaluna said this would cost the network around P21 million.”

See also:
INQUIRER.net: “GMA ordered to pay P21M to illegally dismissed workers


Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Shutdown of websites part of drive vs child porn – Palace

“Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said an anti-child pornography council composed of social workers and policemen had been recommending to the National Telecommunications Center (NTC) to shut down websites violating Republic Act No. 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.”

See also:
GMA News Online: “Pornhub open to working with PHL govt
davaotoday.com. “TXTPower: No due process on NTC ‘takedown’ order of porn sites


INQUIRER.net: “Pangilinan seeks penalty vs social media for spread of fake news

“(Senator Francis ‘Kiko’) Pangilinan has filed Senate Resolution 271 directing appropriate committees in the Senate to conduct an inquiry on the proliferation of misinformation and fake news sites in social media to determine the necessity of amending Republic Act 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and other pertinent laws.”



Bangkok Post: “Student activist to sit exams in jail

“The request by Jatupat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa to leave prison so he could sit his final exams at Khon Kaen University was rejected on Monday (16 January 2017) but authorities agreed to arrange for him to take the tests behind bars.”

See also:
UN urges review of LM cases



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