WEEKLY MEDIA ROUNDUP (6 – 12 August 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)

[Cambodia] #FreeThe5: Human rights defenders held in prison for over 100 days

 

Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR)
[Philippines] Former Mayor Convicted for 2004 Killing of Broadcaster

 

Cambodia

The Phnom Penh Post: “Media centre head to testify in Sokha mistress ‘bribery’ case

“The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has ordered Pa Nguon Teang, a respected media figure, to appear on August 18 as a witness in its investigation into an alleged sex scandal surrounding Kem Sokha, the acting president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.”

See also:
Khmer Times: “CNRP Wants to Go Back to Black

 

Indonesia

The Jakarta Post: “Indonesia, SE Asia’s digital powerhouse

“An exciting thing happened in Indonesia in May — we crossed 100 million internet users. That is four times the number of people in Australia, making Indonesia the fifth-largest internet population in the world.”

 

Laos

Radio Free Asia: “Lao Authorities on the Lookout for Facebook ‘Friends‘”

“Authorities are looking for Facebook “friends” and other connections to three Lao citizens arrested in March for criticizing their government and ruling party via the popular social media platform, RFA’s Lao service has learned.”

 

Malaysia

Malaysiakini: “Penang FOI’s restrictive clauses not cast in stone, says Ramasamy

“Several restrictive clauses in Penang’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act are not cast in stone and may be amended when the time is appropriate, says the executive councillor in charge of the matter, P Ramasamy.”

 

Myanmar

Mizzima: “BBC Burmese radio programmes to be rebroadcast by state broadcaster

“For the first time ever, BBC Burmese radio programmes will be rebroadcast by Myanmar’s state broadcaster Myanmar Athan (Myanmar Radio), thus expanding the BBC Burmese service’s footprint in Myanmar, televisionpost.com reported on 10 August.”

 

Philippines

Cebu Daily News: “Ex-mayor sentenced to 14 years in jail for broadcast journalist’s death

Court convicted former Lezo town, Aklan Mayor Alfredo Arsenio of homicide for the 2004 killing of radio broadcaster Herson Hinolan. Arsenio was sentenced to a jail term of eight to 14 years and eight months and was ordered to pay at least P237,500 to the heirs of the victim.

See also:
The Gulf Today: “Ex-Filipino mayor jailed for killing broadcaster

 

Philippine Daily Inquirer: “Drug lords paying media groups to derail Duterte war vs drugs – Aguirre

“Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said influential drug lords have started funding media groups to derail President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, as more names of prominent politicians behind drugs trade would soon be announced.”

See also:
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. “NUJP to Aguirre: show evidence, file cases

 

Sun.Star Cebu. “Seares: LOCAL FOI. Rules may enhance, or impede, access to information. They may be used not to open up but to gag the news source

“Cebu City Councilor Jose Daluz III has filed a proposed ordinance called ‘Freedom of Information (FOI) Ordinance of Cebu City.'”

 

Singapore

Hong Kong Free Press: “Singapore’s contempt of court bill has far-reaching implications for press freedom

“This episode demonstrated the broad reach of the law relating to contempt of court in Singapore, and how it can encroach upon both press freedom and free speech…. It’s little wonder, then, that members of Singaporean civil society are now worrying about the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill, a piece of legislation introduced by the government as an attempt to ‘consolidate’ contempt law, currently based on common law and legal precedent, in Singapore.”

See also:
Committee to Protect Journalists: “Proposed law on contempt of court threatens press freedom in Singapore
Human Rights Watch. “Singapore: Reject Overly Broad Contempt Law

 

Thailand

The Nation: “PM to retain Article 44 power

“The PM (Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha) said there are people ‘who remain dissatisfied with this state of peacefulness, who persist on damaging the country and even our highest institution, all for their own personal gain, through the use of online media and information sent from abroad.'”

See also:
Prachatai. “Section 44 still necessary to comfort people: Thai junta leader

 

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