WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (2 – 8 July 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] Broadcaster Survives Slay Attempt in Surigao City


IFEX. “Asia monthly round-up: Big threats to free expression



World Bulletin: “Media warned to address Cambodia officials correctly

“The Cambodian government has warned the country’s media organizations that they could be shut down or face other penalties if they do not use the proper honorific to refer to certain high-ranking government officials.”


The Phnom Penh Post: “Media-pass mandate a double-edged sword for Cambodia’s journalists

“The government has issued new rules for journalists to acquire a media pass – a move designed to crack down on fraudsters but that also poses a barrier to independent freelancers.”



RNZ: “Indonesia given deadline to end Papua violations

“Indonesia has been given a 2017 deadline to address press freedom violations in its Papua province…. The call from the chair of the regional media watchdog Pacific Freedom Forum came as Indonesia was earmarked to host the International Press Freedom Day event in May next year.”

See also:
Indonesia says claims of media restrictions wrong


The Conversation. “Facing bumps, but on the right track: Indonesia’s democratic progress

President Joko Widodo “has also let suppression of freedom of expression and freedom to self-organise happen under his watch.”


Yahoo! News: “Anti-polygamy song barred in Indonesia

“A music clip of a young girl complaining about her father being a ‘bankrupt’ and ‘damned’ man for practising polygamy is being blocked by Indonesian authorities who say it is too ‘provocative’.”



New Straits Times: “Local media warned over Islamic State reporting

“Action will be taken against media practitioners (print and digital) who give space to promote Islamic State (IS) reporting.”



The Irrawaddy. “Analysis: Burma’s Military Remains Intolerant of Press Freedom

“Burma’s powerful military remains intolerant of press freedom, fearing a negative portrayal of its institution.”


The Irrawaddy: “Forum Calls for Stronger Support of Women in Media, Peace Process

“While media coverage of women in peacebuilding has become comparatively more comprehensive than in past years, it remains a challenge to secure an interested audience on such themes, said participants of a media and civil society forum in Rangoon on Wednesday (6 July 2016).”



The Philippine Star: “Task force on media killings to be formed

“With a radio anchor shot and seriously wounded on the first day of the new administration, President Duterte is forming a task force to deal with the killings of journalists, Malacañang said yesterday (3 July 2016).”

See also:
Rody government condemns attack on journalist
Philippine Daily Inquirer: “In the Know
Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro: “Media org condemns slay attempt of Surigao radioman
Committee to Protect Journalists: “Gunmen injure Philippines radio journalist and son
DavaoToday.com: “Duterte and press freedom


Manila Bulletin: “President Duterte reasons for media boycott

“‘Media goes for sensationalism,’ reasoned President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who vowed to boycott media until the end of his term, on the second part of his interview with blogger Mocha Uson.”

See also:
Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Banned from inaugural, press feels ‘big change’


philstar.com. “Palace: FOI law passage remains a priority

“The passage of a freedom of information (FOI) law remains a priority of President Rodrigo Duterte despite plans to issue an executive order (EO) implementing its provisions within the executive branch, Malacañang said Monday (4 July 2016).”

See also:
Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Duterte to issue FOI executive order soon” ; “FOI advocates press Palace on promised EO
INQUIRER.net: “Duterte likely to sign EO to implement FOI on Friday—Palace exec” ; “Palace exec: Duterte ordered ‘urgent’ EO for FOI
Rappler.com: “Duterte reviewing Freedom of Information EO
InterAksyon.com. “Poe: FOI law more permanent than EO
Manila Bulletin: “Freedom of Information Act ready for the 17th Congress
Sun.Star Manila: “Cebu lawmaker refiles FOI bill
The Manila Times: “Can Duterte’s FOI order defend our right to know?” ; “Processing time reduction and EO on FOI activated e-Commerce Law



The Independent: “Facebook bans ex-political detainee Teo Soh Lung’s posts in its platform

“Activist and former political detainee Teo Soh Lung has been censored and banned from posting on Facebook for a day (from 3 Jul afternoon to 4 Jul afternoon). Writing in her Facebook at the end of the ban period, Ms Teo said the censorship and ban were for a post titled ‘Police Terror’.”



Bangkok Post: “Red-shirt TV slapped with 30-day closure order

“The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has ordered the closure of the red shirt-affiliated Peace TV for 30 days, effective on July 10 for airing content in breach of the broadcasting law and the junta’s orders, an NBTC source says.”


Bangkok Post: “Activists rap change to cybercrime law

“Cyber activist groups have urged the government to shelve the draft amendment to the Computer Crime Act as it also contains a single internet gateway policy which could violate people’s freedom of expression and access to information.”

See also:
telecomasia.net: “Thailand’s new computer crime bill is a mess


Asian Tribune: “ASEAN MPs call on Thai authorities to allow for free expression in advance of constitutional referendum

“Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia expressed disappointment at yesterday’s (30 June 2016) ruling by the Thai Constitutional Court upholding Article 61 of the Constitutional Referendum Act. The clause outlaws the distribution of information intended to influence voters in advance of a referendum on the draft charter, scheduled for 7 August.”

See also:
The Nation: “iLaw to file petition challenging EC announcement on Article 61
Yahoo! News: “Thai court frees student constitution protesters



The World Post: “Mass Fish Deaths in Vietnam Highlight the Country’s Press Freedom Problem

“The stink from Vietnam’s fish kill scandal — which left some 70 tons of dead fish scattered across the beaches of four of the country’s provinces and fishermen out of work — is symptomatic of something greater than worries about food security and the environment: access to information and the ability to distribute it.”



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