WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (22 – 28 October 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)


Burma News International (BNI)
[Burma] Independent Media Coverage of Shan State Hluttaw Restricted



The Jakarta Post. “Right contained in ITE Law to delete negative news threatens press freedom: Activist

“Article 26 of the newly revised ITE Law states that ‘Every electronic system organizer is required to delete electronic information deemed no longer relevant by someone who requests the deletion based on a court ruling….’ Asep said this article could effectively curb press freedom if it was used together with Article 40 on content blocking, which gave the government authority to prevent the spread and use of electronic information with prohibited contents.”



The Irrawaddy: “Comedy Group Defend State Counselor Joke

“Footage of a comedy skit criticizing Burma’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has gone viral and prompted the group responsible to defend the performance as ‘not an insult’ but a bridge between the government and the people.”



Astro AWANI (Channel 501). “Information freedom in Malaysia: Why we must empower the media and whistleblowers

“While the context might have been with regards to giving the lead to the private sector or receiving criticism from the general public, his (Dato’ Seri Najib Razak) statement will be meaningful only if public participation is included in the Government’s operations and policies…. This can only be achieved if the public is given access to government documents; in order to pave the way or provide constructive criticism.”



Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): “Getting Away With Murder

“The Philippines is No. 4 on the index, its place cemented by a failure to prosecute any perpetrators behind the 2009 massacre in (Ampatuan) Maguindanao, in which 32 journalists and media workers were slain.”

See also:
Sun.Star Manila: “Philippines ‘ranks 4th’ in global impunity cases vs journos
Newsweek: “Iraq, Syria, Philippines have highest rates of impunity in journalist murders
The Guardian: “13 countries where journalists have been killed with impunity


Cebu Daily News: “Tomas pursues libel case against Nalzaro

“Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña filed his opposition to broadcast journalist Bobby Nalzaro’s motion to withdraw the libel case he filed against him…. Nalzaro filed a manifestation to Regional Trial Court Judge Gilbert Moises to consider the resolution issued by the Department of Justice which dismissed the libel case filed by the mayor against him.”


Rappler.com: “Anti-Mocha Uson petition sparks debate on freedom of speech

“An online petition to suspend the Facebook page of celebrity blogger Mocha Uson has sparked a debate about freedom of speech.”

See also:
Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Mocha Uson petitioner reported on Facebook



Channel News Asia: “DDoS attack on StarHub first of its kind on Singapore’s telco infrastructure: CSA, IMDA

“The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on StarHub’s broadband network were the first of that nature on Singapore’s telco infrastructure, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said on Wednesday evening (Oct 26).”



The Nation: “Google denies monitoring posts by Thais

“Google has denied it is monitoring posts by Thai social networkers but it will simply consider the Thai government’s requests for removal of certain sensitive posts on case by case basis.”

See also:
‘Google, YouTube to screen posts’, Prajin claims” ; “Hunt for lese majeste fugitives
Bangkok Post: “Government, Google ‘join forces’ to block sites” ; “Police seek Interpol help in S112 hunt
Khaosod English: “Conflicting signals over what to do with Royal Defamation suspects
Asian Correspondent. “Thailand: Fears grow as online surveillance leads to alarming spike in arrests
BBC: “Thailand presses Google over online royal insults
The Guardian: “Thai junta asks Google and YouTube to remove royal ‘insults’
Reuters: “Thai junta seeks extradition of royal insult suspects” ; “Thai police chief says no room for royal insult in Thailand


Amnesty International: Joint statement on proposed amendments to Computer-Related Crime Act fail to address human rights concerns

“Amnesty International, FiDH, Fortify Rights, ICJ and Lawyers Watch Canada urge Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to reject currently proposed amendments to the 2007 Computer-Related Crime Act (CCA) and to instead adopt amendments that would bring the law into line with Thailand’s obligations under international law, including its obligation to uphold the rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and privacy.”




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