In Philippines, journalists and media organisations sue president’s husband for chilling effect on press freedom

December 28, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgMore than half of the 45 reporters, columnists, editors and publishers the First Gentleman, Jose Miguel Arroyo, has sued for libel are filing a civil class action suit against him on 28 December 2006, according to a release from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), a SEAPA founding member.

Because the suit is being filed on behalf of the press, the journalists have been joined by other journalists and media and journalists’ organizations, among them the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and The Daily Tribune. Read the rest of this entry »


Philippine journalist dies from stabbing; former police personnel tried over death of another

December 28, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgAssailants stabbed to death a community journalist on 20 December 2006 in Batac, Ilocos Norte, a province north of Manila, according to a report from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), a founding member of SEAPA. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambodian authorities urged to investigate traffic accident involving radio journalist

December 22, 2006

alerts-button.jpgThe Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is concerned that Cambodian authorities are not investigating an apparent traffic accident that has left a journalist of Radio Free Asia, Sok Serei, in critical condition.

Information from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and Alliance of Freedom of Expression in Cambodia (AFEC) suggests that the “accident” could be a premeditated hit-and-run over Sok’s work in the past months as the maverick reporter had been highlighting civil society’s criticisms of the government and exposing corruption. One case involved a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Rural Development. Read the rest of this entry »

Open – applications to SEAPA 2007 Journalism Fellowship Program

December 21, 2006

seapa_logofinal.jpgBANGKOK – The Southeast Asian Press Alliance announces the opening of applications for the 2007 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Program. The Fellowship theme for 2007 is, “Human Rights Versus a Culture of Impunity in Southeast Asia.”

Journalist nationals of all Southeast Asian countries (Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Brunei Darussalam, and East Timor) may compete for 15 Fellowships available for the summer of 2007. To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must have at least five years’ experience as journalists in any medium (print, TV, radio or online), either as staff of media organizations or as freelancers. They should have some background or experience in writing on social, political, and/or economic issues in their countries and interest in writing in-depth human interest stories or investigative pieces.

Based on professional credentials and story proposals, the Fellowship Program will afford Fellows limited travel to a second Southeast Asian country where they can spend up to three weeks researching and writing/producing a story of their choice.

Fellows are allowed to produce stories in their own native language for publication/broadcast in their home countries, but familiarity with spoken English will be a consideration for acceptance into the program, given the cross-border coverages and in light of pre- and post-coverage workshops that Fellows will be taking part in. Read the rest of this entry »

Singapore’s key opposition leader freed earlier for good behaviour

December 18, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgThe Singapore government released vocal opposition leader Dr Chee Soon Juan from prison on 16 December 2006, two weeks short of the five-week term meted out to him for speaking in public without a permit. Read the rest of this entry »

Malaysian government tells editors to downplay reports on toll hike

December 15, 2006

alerts-button.jpgThe Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is concerned with the latest interference in the media by the Malaysian government through a directive to downplay news of an increase in highway toll charges. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Philippine journalists charged with libel of president’s husband, post bail

December 14, 2006

alerts-button-1.jpgCMFR/Philippines – Five journalists posted bail at the Regional Trial Court of the Manila City Hall on 14 December 2006 following the court’s approval of the filing of libel charges against them by Jose Miguel Arroyo, the husband of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Read the rest of this entry »