WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (21 – 27 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)

Alert:

[Philippines]

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)
Broadcaster killed, received threats before the attack

 

Campaign:

IFEX: “What is the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity?

See also:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): “Stop attacking the media—UNESCO message for International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, 2 November

 

Activity:

Rappler.com: “Southeast Asian journalists ‘future-proof’ data projects in workshop

 

Southeast Asia

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): “An Over-The-Top Approach to Internet Regulation in Developing Countries

“These online applications and services are transforming traditional sectors and changing the economic landscape of the markets. The increasing popularity of such apps and services, often referred to by telecommunications regulators as ‘Over-the-top’ or OTT services, brings new regulatory challenges for governments. Historically, most of these services have not required a licence or been required to pay any licensing fee. As the use of such services picks up in developing countries, governments are rushing to create rules that would subject OTT providers to local taxation, security, and content regulation obligations—often under pressure from telco incumbents who are seeking protection from change and competition.”

 

BusinessMirror: “Southeast Asian media action needed to communicate climate change

“‘There is an urgent need for media practitioners,’ said Dr. Rex Navarro of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CGIAR CCAFS) Program at the recently held Asian Media Information and Communication Inc. (Amic), ‘to have an accurate, science-based understanding of climate change and enhance their skills on environmental reporting.'”

 

The Philippine Star: “What the future holds for ASEAN cinema

“What he (Remton Zuasola) learned from his peers was that ‘the situation of the film industries from each country cuts across a wide spectrum ­— (you have) countries that produce hundreds of films each year to another country that only has around 20 films produced in its entire history.'”

 

Cambodia

the japan times: “Defiant Cambodia Daily is down but not out

“As for The Cambodia Daily, it will go on, says (Deborah) Krisher-Steele. Her father wants to take it offshore, and perhaps exclusively online — a sort of electronic version of its original incarnation: an A4-sized newsletter (so formatted so it could faxed from overseas). That will require donors, and journalists inside Cambodia willing to risk writing for it.”

 

The Phnom Penh Post: “CNRP councillor gets hit with ‘incitement’

“A Pailin commune councillor was charged with ‘incitement’ and insult and sent to pretrial detention yesterday (26 October 2017) after he took to Facebook on Sunday to reject Prime Minister Hun Sen’s invitation to opposition commune officials to defect to the ruling party in the face of the CNRP’s imminent dissolution…. Stung Kach CNRP Councillor Chhun Sithy was arrested on Tuesday after he published a Facebook video rejecting Hun Sen’s offer, saying he wanted to work only for the CNRP and that the premier was an ‘ignorant man’ for making the proposal.”

 

Khmer Times: “Hardship and dedication in pursuit of a story

“Being a reporter in the field in Cambodia can involve long, difficult journeys, as Khmer Times’ multi-award winner May Titthara has discovered.”

 

Malaysia

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT: “Why target Lowyat over data breach report, asks lawyers’ group

“The internet regulator’s move to censor a report about a massive data breach involving personal information of millions of Malaysians is akin to ‘shooting the messenger’, legal advocacy group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said today (20 October 2017)…. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) should instead be more concerned about the content of the report posted online at Lowyat and check if it is true to prevent fraud, LFL executive director Eric Paulsen said.”

See also:

WORLD OF BUZZ: “Millions of Malaysians’ Personal Data Has Been Breached, Here’s What Happened So Far

 

Myanmar

Bangkok Post: “Myanmar detains reporters on assignment for Turkish state TV

“Myanmar police detained two journalists working for Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT and their interpreter and driver on Friday (27 October 2017) for flying a drone near the parliament compound, amid tension between the two countries over the Rohingya crisis…. The journalists – Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia – were being questioned at a police station in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw after being detained in the morning, a local police officer told Reuters.”

 

Fortify Rights. “Myanmar: End Judicial Harassment of Swe Win, Drop Charges

“The Myanmar authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop charges against journalist Swe Win, said Fortify Rights today. Swe Win faces criminal defamation charges for criticizing the extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu on Facebook. He is currently free on bail, which the Mandalay District Court reaffirmed in a hearing today. His next pre-trial hearing in the Mahar Aung Myay Township Court is scheduled for October 30.”

 

The New York Times: “A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

“In Myanmar, Facebook is so dominant that to many people it is the internet itself. And the stakes of what appears on the site are exceptionally high because misinformation, as well as explicitly hostile language, is widening longstanding ethnic divides and stoking the violence against the Rohingya ethnic group.”

 

The Rory Peck Trust: “Burmese photographer Minzayar Oo to receive Martin Adler Prize 2017

“Burmese freelance photographer Minzayar Oo will attend the Rory Peck Awards in London on Monday 23rd October to receive the Martin Adler Prize 2017, sponsored by Hexagon, which honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering…. At just 29 years old, Minzayar is one of Myanmar’s leading photographers – part of a new generation of local freelance journalists documenting the political, social and economic transition of their country.”

 

Philippines

INQUIRER.NET: “Radio broadcaster shot dead in Surigao

“Unidentified gunmen shot dead a radio broadcaster in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur Tuesday (24 Ocotber 2017) night, authorities said…. Christopher Iban Lozada, 29, died on the spot when armed men on a van opened fire on his car in Barangay Coleto in Bislig City at about 9 p.m., the local police and media colleagues said.”

See also:

Rappler.com: “Broadcaster killed in ambush in Surigao del Sur
MindaNews: “Radio broadcaster slain in Surigao Sur
Manila Bulletin: “Bislig mayor considered ‘person of interest’ in journalist’s death
INQUIRER.NET: “PBN anchors fear for life; PTFoMS vows to go after murderers of Lozada

 

SunStar Davao: “Libel case filed by NBI exec junked

“The Office of the City Prosecutor (OCP) of the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) has junked the libel case filed against a Davao-based freelance reporter, a Davao-based businesswoman, and an unnamed accused…. In a resolution issued on October 10, 2017, City Prosecutor Joseph M. Apao dismissed the Libel in relation to Sec 4 (c) of RA 10175 (Cyber libel) filed by former National Bureau of Investigation-South Eastern Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-Semro 11) Regional Director lawyer Arnold D. Rosales against Editha Z. Caduaya, Amadea L. Aquino, and an unnamed editor of Newsline Philippines.”

 

Rappler.com: “NUJP calls out Duterte’s legal counsel for ‘lechery and misogyny’

“The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) hit Chief Presidential Counsel Salvador Panelo for making a sexual joke in a recent interview with two women journalists…. During the interview with Swiss National Public Radio and Television’s Karin Wenger and freelance Filipino journalist Ana Santos, the government official said he was ‘better in bed’ and that ‘I fuck like an 18-year old.'”

See also:

philstar.com: “NUJP blasts Panelo for accusing journalists of twisting sexual joke

 

Rappler.com: “Mocha Uson | Fake news victim or fake news peddler?

“Racking up more than 5 million subscribers on Facebook and 150,000 followers on Twitter, Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, without a doubt, leads President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s army of supporters online…Is Mocha Uson a victim of fake news, or is she at the center of disinformation campaigns? Rappler took a look at her page and here’s what we found…”

See also:

The Gulf Today: “Manila tackles need to address proliferation of fake news

 

Thailand

Khaosod English: “3 media agencies sanctioned for streaming practice parade

“Three media outlets had their credentials to cover the royal cremation ceremony temporarily revoked after they livestreamed a Saturday parade rehearsal…. For violating one of many strict limits imposed on how the royal funeral is covered, Nation TV, TNews and Thai TV 6 immediately lost their access to the second day of full-dress rehearsals today. The chief of the government’s public relations department, Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said the news agencies violated prohibitions on both real-time live-streaming and broadcasting footage before the rehearsals had ended.”

 

Bangkok Post: “Digital TV players log on to YouTube

“As the media landscape has totally changed over the past three years, digital TV operators have tried to draw more people to watch their content on TV and digital channels such as YouTube, Facebook and Line TV…. The Electronic Transactions Development Agency recently reported YouTube is the most popular social media platform among Thais, followed by Facebook and Line.”

 

Vietnam

Reuters: “Vietnam jails student activist six years for propaganda against the state

“A Vietnamese student activist was jailed for six years plus four years of probation by a local court on Wednesday (25 October 2017) for conducting propaganda against the state, his lawyer said…Phan Kim Khanh, 24, is a student studying international relations and the eldest child of a Catholic farming family in a remote area north of capital Hanoi. He had written blogs criticizing the government before he was arrested earlier this year.”

See also:

Ledger-Enquirer: “Vietnam jails student activist for anti-state propaganda
Reporters Without Borders (RSF): “#StopTheCrackdownVN: RSF joins counter-offensive against Vietnam’s persecution of bloggers

 

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