WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (14 – 20 October 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)


IFEX: “Immediate action needed to end attacks on democracy in Cambodia


Southeast Asia

Asian Correspondent: “Child sex abuse is rising in Southeast Asia as Internet usage grows

“Authorities say rising Internet use in Southeast Asia is fuelling the spread of material that is abusive and sexually exploitative of children, particularly as growing numbers of young people put footage of themselves online…. Regional Internet availability is about 50 percent, a recent study showed, but the figure rises to 58 percent in the Philippines, a hub for online sex abuse, while in Thailand, where the problem is growing, it reaches 67 percent.”



Reporters Without Borders (RSF): “Reporters in Cambodia charged with ‘inciting crime’ for covering election

“Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Cambodian authorities to withdraw spurious charges against two former journalists with the Cambodia Daily, a recently closed independent newspaper, and to quickly return to the path of democracy and respect for media freedom…. The two journalists, working for the Cambodia Daily, Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, have only just learned that they are facing possible two-year jail sentences on the absurd charge of ‘incitement to commit a felony’ under articles 494 and 495 of Cambodia’s criminal code.”



Mizzima: “Myanmar photographers allowed to leave Bangladesh

“Two Myanmar photographers who were detained while reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh were allowed to fly home on Tuesday (17 October 2017), their lawyer said…. Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were arrested in September in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 582,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from army-led violence scorching through Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 25.”

See also:

Frontier Myanmar: “Myanmar photographers in Bangladesh leave country after detention



Rappler.com: “Zamboanga mayor denies curtailing press freedom

“Mayor Beng Climaco denied claims that the city government was curtailing press freedom when it ordered the closure of broadcasting station EMedia Productions…. Climaco explained that the city government was exercising its power under the Local Government Code to ensure that business establishments comply with requirements for business permits.”



mothership: “Editor-in-chief, Warren Fernandez, said 2 things that exasperated SPH staff at Friday the 13th townhall”

“Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of the English/ Malay/ Tamil Media Group at Singapore Press Holdings, held a townhall meeting with The Straits Times newsroom staff at 5pm on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017…. This was on the second day of a retrenchment exercise at SPH, where it was announced that 130 staff will be laid off in total by end-2017 — although staff were left guessing who would get the cut next.”



Bangkok Post: “Facebook denies PM-Zuckerberg meeting

“Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s hopes of meeting Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg look to have hit the rocks as a Facebook spokesman said no such plans are on the drawing board.”

See also:

The Nation: “National security tops list in Zuckerberg talks
Khaosod English: “Thai gov’t dodges questions about Zuckerberg ‘meeting’



ASIA TIMES: “A lighter, softer censorship in Vietnam

“Vietnam’s first ever licensed nude photography exhibition took place last month in Ho Chi Minh City, a collection of portraits entitled Tao Tac, which translates loosely to ‘subtle pieces making a whole when put together’…In a nation where freedom of expression has long been limited, the exhibition marked an important step for Vietnam’s arts community.”



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