WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (23 – 29 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)

[Philippines] Duterte shifts government’s access to information policy



Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)
[Philippines] PCIJ Websites Hacked After Publishing Stories on Duterte Admin’s Drug War


IFEX: “Cambodian government must support civil society and seek justice for Kem Ley

“We call on the Cambodian government to take immediate steps to protect human rights defenders and enable their rights to freely participate in and contribute to Cambodian democracy.”


Thai Journalists Association (TJA) on Khon Kaen politician’s harassment against journalists

ประณาม “เปรมศักดิ์ เพียยุระ” มีพฤติกรรมคุกคามนักข่าว

See also:
Bangkok Post: “TJA condemns Premsak for stripping reporter



The Phnom Penh Post: “TV newscasts no place for murder, says gov’t

“A day before the funeral procession of slain political analyst Kem Ley, Cambodia’s television outlets were ordered by the government not to broadcast ‘images and content related to murder’.”



The Jakarta Post: “Hesitant connection with internet access rights

“Indonesia’s initial rejection of an important element of this right reveals its reluctance toward internet access in general.”



The Wall Street Journal: “In a Freer Myanmar, State Media Are Left Out

“…people in state-run media say they are spinning more stories than ever. Except now they serve two masters—Ms. Suu Kyi’s thin-skinned administration, and the armed forces, which still uses state mouthpieces to push its agenda.”


DVB. “Interview: Hate speech law ‘can be done pretty soon’

“(Lawyer Ko Ni) recently spoke to DVB about his thoughts on the prospects for a law that could help to stem the tide of hate crimes in Burma.”



Philippine Daily Inquirer: “FOI order covers executive branch

“Fulfilling a campaign promise of transparency, President Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) allowing public access to documents and information in all government agencies under the Office of the President.”

See also:
INQUIRER.net: “Media groups welcome Duterte EO on FOI” ; “Int’l group ‘cautiously welcomes’ Duterte EO on FOI
Inquirer Visayas: “Cebu media groups welcome Duterte’s signing of EO on FOI
InterAksyon.com: “NUJP STATEMENT | Signing of EO on FOI should just be the start” ; “MEL STA.MARIA | EO on the Freedom of Information: the devil is in the details
GMA News Online. “COVERS EXECUTIVE BRANCH ONLY: President Duterte signs EO on FOI” ; “‘Gov’t officials can’t use Data Privacy Act to evade FOI requests’
BusinessWorld: “Executive offices told to give public access to records” ; “The FOI EO: The good, the neutral, and the ugly” ; “PCOO to ‘operationalize’ EO on FoI
The Philippine Star: “Deadline set for FOI guidelines
philstar.com: “Duterte signs historic EO on Freedom of Information
The Freeman: “Making executive FOI work
The Manila Times. “Duterte FOI: ‘No request for information shall be denied’
ABS-CBN News: “Journalists, FOI advocates welcome signing of EO
Manila Bulletin: “Data Privacy Act can’t shield public officials with FOI EO
BusinessMirror. “DTI: Compliance with FOI may exclude FTA talks and corporate confidentiality
Manila Standard: “Palace forms ad hoc panel on FOI



Channel News Asia: “Media Literacy Council to have 17 new members as new term beckons

“The Media Literacy Council (MLC) will include 17 new members as it commences its third two-year term on Aug 1, according to the Media Development Authority (MDA) on Wednesday (Jul 27).”



The Nation: “Former MP has reporter’s pants pulled down in revenge for reports on a ‘personal’ matter

“Former Thai Rak Thai party-list MP Premsak Phiayura allegedly brought an up close and personal interview to a new low Tuesday (26 July 2016) when he had his subordinates pull down the pants of a reporter.”

See also:
Bangkok Post. “Strip journalist: Politician makes bad situation worse


Bangkok Post: “Prayut accuses Thai PBS of bias

“Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday (22 July 2016) again vented his frustration at Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS), the country’s sole public TV station, over what he described as the station’s bias and nitpicking against the government.”


The Nation: “NBTC shutters Peace TV after court delay

“The red-shirt satellite station Peace TV was scheduled to suspend operations last night (21 July 2016) after the Central Administrative Court failed to grant an injunction order against the broadcasting watchdog’s decision to suspend its licence.”


Bangkok Post. “Editorial: Keep media ethics alive

“The challenges for the Thai media are mounting but the Press Council and journalists have no choice but to work harder to show the public they can uphold their principles and professionalism.”


United Nations. “Thailand: UN rights expert warns against curbs on free speech ahead of major vote

“The United Nations human rights expert on freedom of opinion and expression has condemned recent Government clampdown over public and social media expressions in Thailand ahead of a constitutional referendum scheduled for 7 August.”

See also:
The Nation: “Govt hits back over UN statement targeting Article 61



Asian Correspondent: “Vietnamese reporters attacked and beaten during Formosa steel firm investigation

“Three Vietnamese journalists were beaten while attempting to investigate a waste scandal involving Taiwanese-owned Formosa steel firm in the northern Phu Ninh District.”



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