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Date : January 28, 2022

[Sasakawa Peace Foundation Webinar] One Year from the Myanmar Military Coup and Three Months before the Philippines’ Presidential Election: The Situation Facing the Media in Southeast Asia

post date : 2022.01.17

Sasakawa Peace Foundation Webinar


One Year from the Myanmar Military Coup and
Three Months before the Philippines’ Presidential Election:


The Situation Facing the Media in Southeast Asia


With leading journalists from Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Japan


<Time and Date: 15:00-16:30 JST, Friday, January 28, 2022>


The Sasakawa Peace Foundation will hold a webinar on Friday, January 28, 2022, on the topic “One Year from the Myanmar Military Coup and Three Months before the Philippines’ Presidential Election: The Situation Facing the Media in Southeast Asia.” (Planning and operation: Foreign Press Center Japan)


One year after the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, an independent media outlet in Myanmar, will speak in this webinar about the current state of journalism in Myanmar, as the army clamps down harder on the media. The managing editor of Rappler, which is led by 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner Ms. Maria Ressa, who has been arrested and charged with crimes under the Philippines’ current government, will also discuss the challenges facing journalism in the Philippines, where a presidential election will be taking place in May 2022.


Editorial staff from Malaysiakini and the CCIM (Cambodian Center for Independent Media), and Nikkei Asia’s editor-at-large based in Thailand, will also join as panelists. They will discuss how the media can work together with the freedom of the press under threat and democracy in crisis throughout Southeast Asia.

Ms. Kimiko Aoki (NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute) will act as the webinar’s moderator.


We look forward to your participation.



■ Overview

Time and Date: 15:00-16:30 JST, Friday, January 28, 2022 (90 minutes)
Format: Online (Zoom Webinar)
Language: English/Japanese (simultaneous interpreting)
*The participants will speak in English, with simultaneous Japanese interpretation provided. Be sure to install the Zoom app in advance in order to use the interpretation function. (The browser version of Zoom does not display the option to listen to interpretation.)
Participation fee: Free of charge

Sponsor: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Planning and operation: Foreign Press Center Japan


■ Participants


Mr. Aung Zaw, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Irrawaddy (Myanmar) 


The Irrawaddy was founded in 1993 by a group of Burmese journalists living in exile in Thailand. The publication published news on Myanmar and Southeast Asia, and is now based both in Myanmar and Thailand.
Aung Zaw is the founding editor-in-chief of the Irrawaddy. His articles and op-ed pieces have also appeared in Thai publications such as the Nation and Bangkok Post, as well as in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and many other publications. He is a laureate of the Prince Claus Fund (2010). He received the Shorenstein Journalism Award in 2013 and the CPJ International Press Freedom Award in 2014. He is the author of The Face of Resistance - Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Fight for Freedom.


Ms. Chay F. Hofileña, Founder/Managing Editor, Rappler (Philippines) 


Rappler is the Philippines' leading digital media company, which was born mid-2011 as Facebook page MovePH, and launched its website in January 2012. In 2021, Rappler’s founder/CEO Maria Ressa received the Nobel Peace Prize. Rappler received the 2018 Free Media Pioneer award from The International Press Institute. Rappler has nearly 5 million Facebook followers, and is known for its deep analysis and thorough investigative journalism. Among its senior editors and founders, Chay is managing editor. She was previously head of Rappler’s Investigative Desk – Newsbreak – and is in charge of training. Before joining Rappler, she was a contributing writer of Newsbreak Magazine and was one of its founding editors. She obtained her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York.



Mr. Steven Gan, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Malaysiakini (Malaysia)  


Mr. Sothoeuth Ith, Media Director, CCIM (Cambodian Center for Independent Media) (Cambodia) 


Ms. Gwen Robinson, Editor-at-large, Nikkei Asia (Japan/based in Thailand)



Ms. Kimiko Aoki (NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute)



■ Program Structure (90 minutes)

15:00-15:10(10) Opening remarks by Atsushi Sunami, President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation/Introduction of participants
15:10-15:25(15) One Year from the Military Coup: The State of the Media in Myanmar 

15:25-15:40(15) Three Months before the Presidential Election: The State of the Media in the Philippines 

15:40-15:55(15) The State of the Media in Other Southeast Asian Countries

15:40-15:45(5) Situation in Malaysia
15:45-15:50(5) Situation in Cambodia 

15:50-15:55(5) The Future of Journalism in Southeast Asia

15:55-16:20(25) With the Freedom of the Press Under Threat, How Can Media Show Solidarity? Panel discussion with everyone 

16:20-16:30(10) Participants respond to questions from viewers

(*Program details, times, and participants are subject to change without notice.) 



■ How to Apply

Click the link below, fill out the form, and send it in.


*Deadline for applications: Thursday, January 27, 2022


[Contact Information]
Yoshida (Ms.) and Ishikado (Ms.), Media Relations Division, Foreign Press Center Japan


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