WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (2 – 8 April 2016)

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)


Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR)
[Philippines] Journalists harassed in Kidapawan City


The Nation: “Thailand to lose its status as foreign media hub?

“Apart from living expenses, press freedom is a major concern among foreign journalists. Media organisations have decried tough regulations and pressure on foreign media in those countries.”


Southeast Asia

The Diplomat: “A New ASEAN News Agency?

“Malaysia has proposed the establishment of an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) news agency comprising media groups from across the region.”



The Nation: “Laos defends curbs foreign media

“‘We don’t have restrictions but procedures, the procedures that other countries also have to ensure national security,’ said Laos’ Information, Culture and Tourism Vice Minister and Lao Journalists Association (LJA) president Savankhone Razmountry” on the foreign media coverage of the 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit to be hosted in Vientiane.



The Global New Light of Myanmar: “Union Minister urges state media to embrace ‘public-facing’ content

“State-owned media should report not only departmental press releases but also news that embraces ‘public-facing content’, said newly appointed Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint yesterday (2 April 2016) in a meeting with departmental officials and correspondents from the state-owned daily newspapers in Yangon.”

See also:
Coconuts Yangon. “That’s a first: Myanmar’s new Minister of Information tells state papers to report real news


RNZ: “Out from under the censors in Myanmar

“What is it like publishing newspapers when military censors call the shots? The editor of The Myanmar Times tells RNZ’s Graeme Acton what a difference democracy makes.”



Bulatlat.com: “Pooled Editorial | Journalists denounce police intimidation and harassment in Kidapawan coverage

“AlterMidya, a nationwide network of independent media organizations, denounces police intimidation and attempts to suppress information by preventing journalists from covering the aftermath of the April 1 Kidapawan massacre.”



Index on Censorship. “#IndexAwards2016: Pravit Rojanaphruk has been targeted for speaking against Thailand’s military rule

“On social media Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk’s amused disobedience to his military-assigned ‘attitude adjusters’ serves to make them look outdated and slightly ridiculous. But in reality the ex-senior reporter of The Nation has faced a systematic harassment that would silence most others.”

See also:
Reporters Without Borders. “Censorship of journalist: RSF promises unprecedented ‘Streisand effect’



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