7-8 APRIL 2018

What future for independent media in South-East Asia?

How community and mainstream media can overcome political restrictions/pressure from the States or big business corporations in the region?




9.00 - 9.30 am



9.30 – 10.00 am




  • Abdul Manan, President of AJI, Indonesia
  • Jean-Charles Berthonnet, French Ambassador to Indonesia
  • David Hivet, Director for Asia, CFI, France



10.00 – 11.30 am



DEBATE 1 – Freedom of press in South-East Asia? Current risks and challenges


In January, Rappler, the news pure player in Philippines has lost its license to operate, by the decision of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for allegedly violating the Constitution. The same month, Malaysian news site Malaysiakini has been ordered by the appellate court to pay $88,400 in a libel suit brought by an Australian mining company and 2 Reuters reporters have been arrested in Myanmar whereas in Cambodia, the radios VOA, VOD and RadioFreeAsia and the Cambodia Daily have been closed by the government and Mr Ngoun Teang, executive director of the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media, had to flee the country like a lot of Vietnamese bloggers and journalists who have to go into exile.


In that context, how do media can continue covering political/sensitive issues with limited risks? What are their possible defenses and alternatives? Join a national or a regional network to get stronger support? Rely directly on their audience? Use caricatures, poetry or photojournalism to bypass censorship?


In response of the decision of the SEC about Rappler, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) organized the Black Friday for Press Freedom mass action in Quezon City on Friday, January 19, brought together hundreds of journalists, bloggers, advocates, and members of the academe. Defenders of press freedom made also their voices heard by showing support online. The hashtag #BlackFridayForPressFreedom became a trending topic in the Philippines, reaching 3,114,972 accounts. On the other hand, Malaysiakini successfully raised funds ($110,000) for its legal battle by asking for donations from its readers. Furthermore, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the non-profit, non-governmental organization campaigning for genuine press freedom in Southeast Asia, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


Moderator: Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Executive Director, FCEM, Thailand



  • Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Rappler, Philippines
  • Sein Win, Training Director, Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI), Myanmar
  • Sao Phal Niseiy, Deputy Editor in Chief, Thmey Thmey News, Cambodia 
  • Malaysiakini, Malaysia
  • KBR, Indonesia
  • Vietnam


11.30 – 12.00 pm



12.00 – 12.15 pm


PRESENTATION OF the 11 data-driven journalism projects taking part in the 4M Asia data journalism training programme


In March 2017, CFI selected relevant data journalism projects of 12 South-East Asian media organizations that could impact on local communities or tackle topics related to people's rights and freedom to participate in data journalism training as part of 4M Asia project.


The 12 organizations have attended a three weeks training programme (in May, July and October 2017) to help them to realize their data-driven project from start to finish.


Presentation of all the projects by the trainer who has followed them since the beginning.


Speaker: Marianne Bouchart, Founder & Director, HEI-DA, France



12.15 – 1.00 pm


CARTE BLANCHE TO Threat to Journalists monitor in Southeast Asia with SEAPA & HEI-DA


As part of the 4M Asia data journalism training programme, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has worked on a resource tool to monitor and report threats to and/or attacks against free expression and/or press freedom in the region. Given the political and social context of Southeast Asia, this interactive database aims to bring awareness to the issues and trends.



  • Kathryn Raymundo, Alerts Officer, Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Thailand
  • Marianne Bouchart, Founder & Director, HEI-DA, France


1.00 – 2.00 pm



2.00 – 2.45 pm


Workshop 1 – Journalism and elections


This year, local elections will be held in Indonesia on 27 June, legislative elections in Cambodia on 29 July and general election in Malaysia anytime until August.

What is the current situation? What problems journalists encountered to cover elections? 

Presentation of the journalist kit during the electoral period on “24h in a newsroom” website.



  • Ichal Supriadi, Secretary General, Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Thailand
  • Dandy Koswaraputra, Chief Editor Anadolu Agency Indonesia & Board Members of AJI
  • Julien Gueit, Communications and digital tools manager, CFI, France



Workshop 2 – The role of journalists against fake news and hate speeches towards the minorities in Southeast Asia


Fact-checking and news literacy

But fact-checking not sufficient against hate speeches…



  • Eric Wishart, AFP Hong Kong
  • Benoit Huet, Lawyer, France 




2.45 – 3.45 pm



Focus 1 – Data journalism to ensure accountability and transparency with JRKI & The Filipino Connection


Monitoring Village Funds with JRKI: this project is about enhancing transparency & accountability in the use of village funds through community radio in Indonesia. It will monitor the use of village funds in 3 locations or 3 provinces in Java: East Java, Jogjakarta, and West Java.


Waste Management in Lipa City with The Filipino Connection: How does Lipa City manage its waste and why is it struggling to reduce its volume?



  • Iman Abdurrahman, Advocacy Coordinator, Indonesian Community Radio Networks (JRKI),  Indonesia
  • Marlon Luistro, Editor, The Filipino Connection, Philippines



Focus 2 – Data journalism to report police abuse in prisons and death in police custody with Tempo & Malaysiakini


Malaysiakini has developed a microsite featuring a publicly-accessible database of deaths in police custody in Malaysia, analysis of patterns of deaths as well as articles related to deaths in custody, to show the gravity of the issue, change public perception and push for policy change.


Tempo has set up a database providing information about death in Indonesian police prisons showing that torture is systematic and integrated within the criminal justice system, in order to encourage Indonesian government, and especially local police, to improve their way of interrogating prisoners.



  • Koh Aun Qi, Sub-Editor, Malaysiakini, Malaysia
  • Syailendra Persada, Editor, Tempo, Indonesia


3.45 – 4.15 pm



4.15 – 5.00 pm


Workshop 3 – Break dependence on  platforms


In October last year, Facebook experimented a new algorithm by splitting its News Feed into two and creating Explore Feed dedicated to the pages the user likes, such as media outlets. Cambodia was one of the tested countries; it caused a lot of damage to the bloggers and small media which were mainly relying on Facebook for traffic there.

Facebook put an end to its test on 1st March but this was revealing about the necessity for media to break dependence on platforms.



  • Catherine Harry, Blogger & Reporter, A Dose of Cath, Cambodia
  • Esra Dogramaci, Senior Editor for Digital, Deutsche Welle
  • Antoine Laurent, France



Workshop 4 – Collaborative security tools, advises, contacts and procedures



  • Gemma Mendoza, Rappler, Philippines
  • Jean-Marc Bourguignon, Nothing 2 Hide,  France



5.00 – 6.00 pm


Focus 3 – Data journalism to deal with traffic safety in Vietnam and migrants in Chiang Mai with VietnamPlus & Prachatam


VietnamPlus’s project is about traffic safety in Vietnam, the devastating damage it caused on the people and how to change the situation. It’s a starter project for a bigger data project: an interactive map of everything.


The Ghost Amongst Us: migrant workers are an essential workforce, often indispensable in creating a city, but what are their status, welfare and citizen rights? Prachatam project brings light on the ongoing situation in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand where migrant workers are often considered as third class citizens.



  • Vo Hoang Long, Senior Editor, VietnamPlus, Vietnam
  • Teeramon Bua-ngam, Editor, Prachatam, Thailand



Workshop 5 – Scientific journalism: how to talk about climate change and environmental development?


What is scientific journalism? How data journalism can serve scientific journalism? To what extend scientific journalism can be an asset for media organizations?


Feedbacks from the Media 21 Asia project’s participants.



  • Pierre Lefevre,  Journalist specialized in environment and climate change, France
  • Paritta Wangkiat, Bangkok Post, Thailand


6.00 pm




9.00 - 9.30 am



9.30 – 10.30 am



DEBATE 2 – How community and mainstream media can work together?


Citizen journalism


Moderator: Joris Zylberman, France



  • Wahyu Dhyatmika, Editor, Tempo, Indonesia
  • Thai Public Broadcasting Service  (Thai PBS), Thailand
  • Building Community Voices (BCV), Cambodia
  • Letyar Tun, Program advisor in charge of communities radio project, IMS FOJO, Myanmar
  • Raymund Villanueva, Radio broadcaster, Kodao Productions, Philippines
  • Arfi Bambani, Internet Division of AJI Indonesia

10.30 - 11.00 am



11.00 – 12.00 pm



CARTE BLANCHE TO Independen.id: the Indonesian local news aggregation website



  • Yekthi Hesthi Murthi, Chief Editor, Independen.id, Indonesia
  • Sabine Torres, France


12.00 – 1.00 pm



2.00 - 2.45 pm


Workshop 6 – Business model: how to offset the fall of advertising revenues in the digital area?


What are the new opportunities? The return of subscriptions…



  • Antoine Laurent, France
  • Malaysiakini, Malaysia
  • Indonesia


Workshop 7 – How to innovate?


Review of the new tools to innovate your media organizations.


Ex: Slack, Timeline…



  • Marianne Bouchart, Founder & Director, HEI-DA, France
  • Penhleak Chan, Phandeeyar Innovation lab, Myanmar



2.45 – 3.45 pm


Workshop 8 – How to get involved the audience? Media: go-between States and civil society.


How to express and reflect public opinion? How to give the voice to local population? Bottom-up way. Ex: Radio/web lab



  • Joris Zylberman, France



Workshop 9 – Innovation tools



  • John Saeki, AFP Hong Kong

3.45 – 4.15 pm



4.15 – 5.00 pm


Workshop 10 – On the frontlines of freedom of expression: photojournalism in Myanmar


The 10th Yangon Photo Festival took place in Myanmar this year from Feb 16 to Mar 4. It gathered a whole new generation of journalists and activists from all over the country who produce relevant multimedia content on human rights, social justice, cultural heritage and environmental issues. Their short documentaries are published every week via our Facebook magazine Myanmar Stories, with a reach of up to 1.3 million viewers per story.


Speaker: Christophe Loviny, Director, Yangon Photo Festival - PhotoDoc Training Center, Myanmar



Workshop 11 – Good practices for online press publishers with Sabine Torres & the SPIIL


Speaker: Sabine Torres, France




5.00 – 5.45 pm


CARTE BLANCHE TO The Alliance of Community media of Southeast Asia (ACMSEA)


Results (charter + website) and perspectives



  • President of The Alliance of Community media of Southeast Asia (ACMSEA)
  • Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Executive Director, FCEM, Thailand
  • Joris Zylberman, France


5.45 – 6.15 pm


CLOSING WORDS - MC Eko Maryadi, Indonesia


  • Abdul Manan, President of AJI, Indonesia
  • David Hivet, Director for Asia, CFI, France