WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (18 – 24 June 2016)

Here are some of the press freedom- and free expression-related events and issues you might have missed last week:


Southeast Asia

The Motley Fool: “15 Signs That South East Asia’s Digital Economy Could be Huge

“…it looks like Southeast Asia’s digital economy is here to stay and has significant room for growth in the future.”



Global Voices: “Journalist Couple Attacked in Makassar, Indonesia

“Two digital journalists based in Makassar, in the region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia were attacked on June 5, 2016, while attending an event held by Makassar branch of Islamic Students Alumni (KAHMI Makassar) at Makassar mayor’s house.”



Malaysiakini: “Several media barred from covering MACC press conference

“Several media outlets save for a few selected ones were today (23 June 2016) barred from a press conference held by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).”


Malay Mail Online: “Editors of defunct news portal apologise to ex-MB, admit libel

“Former chief executive of the now-closed news portal, Jahabar Sadiq, and its Malay section’s news editor, Amin Shah Iskandar, acknowledged in open court today (20 June 2016) that the article titled Going by Selangor ruler’s criteria, Khalid should quit as MB and its Malay translation had affected Khalid’s reputation.”


The Star Online: “TMI to apologise to MRCB as part of libel settlement

“Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd has settled its libel suit with the owner of the defunct online news portal The Malaysian Insider and its news editor after they agreed to apologise over the publication of defamatory articles on the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT 3) project.”


Free Malaysia Today. “About-turn: FOI documents can now be reproduced

“Documents obtained under the state Freedom of Information (FOI) Enactment can now be reproduced for public use, reversing a previous public disclosure ban, the Penang Government announced today (21 June 2016).”



Frontier Myanmar: “Local columnist sued by Eleven Media… again

“U Sithu Aung Myint has once again raised the ire of the Eleven Media Group and may face defamation proceedings under the Electronic Transactions Law, the tenth time the company has attempted to pursue charges against the prominent commentator.”


Mizzima: “Journalists covering Suu Kyi trip to Thailand face severe restrictions

“Journalists attempting to cover this week’s three-day visit to Thailand by Aung San Suu Kyi will face severe restrictions, RFA reported on 21 June.”

See also:
VOA: “Media Told to Dress Up, Keep Quiet on Myanmar Leader’s Thai Visit


Global Voices: “Censorship Continues in Myanmar as Government Blocks Screening of Film Critical of the Army

“Many didn’t expect the last minute ruling of the film review board because the new government is headed by a party which fought military repression and media censorship.”


Coconuts Yangon: “War of words continues as Suu Kyi’s new government commands state media not to use ‘Rohingya’

“The orders are clear: the Rohingya won’t be called ‘Rohingya’ in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar…. After the Lady herself told a United Nations official this week that her government would not be using the term to describe persecuted Muslims in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, state media has reportedly been ordered to avoid it.”


Eleven: “UN envoy meets media boss

“Tint San, CEO of the Unity Journal, said he met Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights, and discussed media freedom.”



The Gulf Today: “Police arrest ‘killer’ of Filipino broadcaster

“Police on Sunday (19 June 2016) reported the arrest of the principal suspect who has been in hiding for the past eight years for the killing of a broadcast journalist in Camarines Sur province in the Bicol Region in 2008…. Senior Superintendent Walfredo Pornillos, the provincial police chief, identified the suspect as Efren Barrosa, 40, who was wanted for the killing of Ronaldo Julia in the town of Magarao, Camarines Sur on Aug. 15, 2008.”


The New York Times: “When Journalists Are Killed, Prosecutions Are Rare

“At least 1,195 journalists have been killed because of their work since 1992, including several this month. Prosecutions have occurred in fewer than 3 percent of those cases.”

See also:
INQUIRER.net: “‘Duterte statements create environment of impunity’


Rappler.com. “PODCAST: The relationship between the media and Rodrigo Duterte

“Rappler’s editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Vincent Lazatin, one of the conveners of Media Nation, on the relationship between the media and Duterte. Media Nation convenes media executives and journalists to tackle issues the industry faces.”

See also:
The Philippine Star: “Duterte to limit interaction with media


Asian Journal. “Philippines: ‘fastest-growing’ smartphone nation in Southeast Asia

“The Philippines is the fastest-growing market for smartphones in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to a new report from market research company International Data Corporation (IDC).”



Bangkok Post: “UN worried by lack of freedoms

“The UN secretary-general has raised concerns over freedom of expression with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during a 30-minute telephone conversation as red-shirt leaders filed a complaint Monday (20 June 2016) with the UN against the regime’s operation to block the opening of their referendum watchdog centres.”


United Nations Human Rights – Asia.

“The UN Human Rights Council has published a letter* sent by independent UN human rights experts to the Thai Government concerning 26 lèse-majesté cases.”

See also:
The Nation: “UN body questions junta’s legal process in lese majeste cases



Committee to Protect Journalists: “Vietnamese jailed blogger moved to distant province, wages hunger strike

“On May 7, my uncle, imprisoned Vietnamese blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, was unexpectedly moved from the Xuyen Moc prison camp situated near our family in Ho Chi Minh City to another detention facility about 1,500 kilometers away known as Camp No. 6 in central Nghe An province.”


Viet Nam News: “New law anchors freedom of speech, press

“…the 2016 Press Law will provide favourable conditions and tools for the media to do its jobs…. However, the law is also an effective legal framework guiding the journalists how to perform their duties. In other words, the Press Law is not only for journalists but for the whole society.”



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