Join us to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on media freedom, journalist safety and media viability in Southeast Asia. The webinar will be run in partnership with the Asia Democracy Network, with support from UNESCO Bangkok and the International Programme for the Development of Communications (IPDC). 

Date: 5 October 2021
Time: 08:00 – 09:30 am (UK time)
Platform: Zoom

We invite media stakeholders in Southeast Asia to join our exclusive webinar as we discuss findings from our regional consultation on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted media freedom, media business viability and journalist safety in the region.

Participants will gain insights from in-country experts and media commentators from across the region and will have the chance to contribute their views to the consultation.

This online meeting is vital so that we can build an extensive understanding of the challenges and threats facing journalists and media workers in the region and determine what is needed to address them.

Guest Speakers

The session will be welcomed by Sally-Ann Wilson, CEO of the Public Media Alliance, and include opening remarks from Misako Ito, Adviser for Communication and Information, UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. It will be moderated by Tess Bacalla, Project Lead and Editor in Chief of Asia Democracy Chronicles and Laxman Datt Pant, Chairperson of Media Action Nepal.

Register for this FREE, online event via our Eventbrite page.

For more information, please contact: info@publicmediaalliance.org

We look forward to welcoming you there!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on both media operations and journalism practice. Media organisations have struggled to operate in an environment that has become increasingly restrictive due to limited access to information, excessive ‘fake news’ regulations, and a rise in attacks on journalists as the health crisis has often been used as an excuse to clampdown on independent journalism and critical reporting. As the global economy has suffered, so too have media organisations, resulting in a significant loss of revenue for media. Job losses, pay cuts and even closures have been rife. Journalists and media workers in Southeast Asia have not been immune to these threats and challenges.

PMA recently launched a regional consultation into these challenges. Working with our members and in-country experts from the region, our local partner ADN, and support from UNESCO Bangkok and the International Programme for the Development of Communications (IPDC), we have been conducting research into the current state of media freedom, media business viability and journalist safety in SEA during the COVID-19 crisis to develop a situation report. Following the webinar and in-country meetings, we will develop a regional roadmap to address these challenges.

We are thankful to the UNESCO Bangkok and the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) for supporting this project.