Weekly Media Roundup (15 – 21 July 2019)

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)


[Myanmar] Burma News International (BNI): “Filmmaker charged



Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR). “Statement on Senate Bill Number 9 (Anti-False Content Act): Dangerous and Unnecessary



[Cambodia] Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR): “Cambodia Fundamental Freedoms Monitor

[Myanmar] Burma News International (BNI): “Thousands Attend Rally in Kalay to Call for Constitutional Reform


General news

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): “Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information

“As the custodian agency for SDG Indicator 16.10.2 (access to information), UNESCO has developed a methodology to help measure and report on what has been done to implement right to information (RTI) rules … For 2019, UNESCO and its Institute for Statistics (UIS) collaborated with the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) to pilot these surveys in the 43 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Voluntary National Review (VNR) countries that are not categorized by UNDP as being of very high human development … This exercise generated a wealth of information about both the data collection process and the state of implementation of RTI laws in countries around the world. It can therefore serve as a good baseline for further assessments.”


Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN): “12 Investigative Projects Named as Finalists in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards

“Twelve investigative projects focused on 11 countries have been selected as finalists for the eighth Global Shining Light Award, a prize that honors investigative journalism in developing or transitioning countries that was carried out under threat, duress, or dire conditions…. The international panel of judges had a difficult task: They had to select the finalists from a record 291 entries. All the stories were published in 2017 or 2018.”



The Phnom Penh Post: “Second man detained on Kem Ley memorial charge

“Another man was placed in pre-trial detention on Friday (12 July 2019) after being charged with inciting others to commit a crime, following a memorial to mark the third anniversary of the killing of popular activist Kem Ley…. Suong Neakpaon was placed in pre-trial detention by a Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge on Friday, the day after Kung Reiya was detained on the same charge…. Ley, 45, was shot twice with a Glock handgun at a Caltex petrol station cafe on the capital’s Monivong Boulevard in Chamkarmon district’s Tonle Bassac commune on July 10, 2016.”

See also:

Global Voices: “Cambodian activists arrested for commemorating the anniversary of political analyst Kem Ley’s death



Jakarta Post: “Jokowi sends Nuril amnesty letter to House

“President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has sent a letter recommending amnesty for Baiq Nuril Makmun, a West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) woman convicted for defaming her alleged sexual harasser, to the House of Representatives.”



Human Rights Watch (HRW): “Malaysia: ensure effective police complaints commission

“The Malaysian government’s proposed police complaints commission is an important step toward accountability for abuses by police, Human Rights Watch said today. A bill creating an Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission was submitted to parliament for a first reading on July 18, 2019, and a second reading is scheduled for October.”



Free Expression Myanmar: “New Bill is a big step backwards for RTI

“The Ministry of Planning and Finance has proposed a National Records and Archives Bill in June 2019 to replace the 1990 law, as amended in 2007. The government’s decision to replace the 1990 law is positive because the 1990 law is deeply undemocratic. However, the proposed Bill is very problematic too and would significantly undermine RTI. The Bill would perpetuate a system where all information is the government’s secret property and any public access to that information would be regarded as a security threat. It would create a government-controlled supervisory body with extensive and unrestrained powers and create an ominous risk for media and civil society.”



Rappler.com: “Bills renewing TV5, CBCP franchises lapse into law

“Observers are closely watching the government’s moves on the franchise renewal of network ABS-CBN, which Duterte has frequently railed against for supposedly ‘biased’ reporting and for supposedly not airing his political advertisements as 2016 presidential candidate when his campaign team had paid for them.”



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Hazwany Jamaluddin

Program Assistant at Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

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